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The Maya World

Edited by: Scott R. Hutson , Traci Ardren

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138492837
eBook ISBN: 9781351029582
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The Maya World brings together over 60 authors, representing the fields of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, geography, and ethnography, who explore cutting-edge research on every major facet of the ancient Maya and all sub-regions within the Maya world.

The Maya world, which covers Guatemala, Belize, and parts of Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, contains over a hundred ancient sites that are open to tourism, eight of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and many thousands more that have been dug or await investigation. In addition to captivating the lay public, the ancient Maya have attracted scores of major interdisciplinary research expeditions and hundreds of smaller projects going back to the 19th century, making them one of the best-known ancient cultures. The Maya World explores their renowned writing system, towering stone pyramids, exquisitely painted murals, and elaborate funerary tombs as well as their creative agricultural strategies, complex social, economic, and political relationships, widespread interactions with other societies, and remarkable cultural resilience in the face of historical ruptures.

This is an invaluable reference volume for scholars of the ancient Maya, including archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Archaic Maya matters Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Public architecture and the rise of complexity in the Middle Preclassic Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The southern Maya Lowlands in the Late Preclassic Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Late Preclassic Pacific slope Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Maya Highlands and the Late Preclassic Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Maya bioarchaeology Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Graves, dead bodies, souls, and ancestors Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Gender and sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Human-animal relations in the Maya world Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Favored plants of the Maya Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Migration and mobility in the eastern Maya Lowlands Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Paleoecology, soil, and water in Maya history Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Settlement patterns Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Ancient Maya ports, port facilities, and navigation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Ritual cave use among the ancient Maya Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Ancient Maya rurality Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Lakamha: the place of “Big Waters” Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Maya city of Caracol, Belize Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Ek’ BalamA Maya city in the urban landscape of Yucatan Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Household archaeology of the Classic Period Lowland Maya Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Inequality and social groups Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Maya relations with the material world Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Maya commerce Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Classic Maya geopolitics Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The politics of conflict Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Ancient Maya agriculture Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Maya forest Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The complexity of ancient Maya craft production Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Animating materials Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Maya mural painting Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Recent developments in Maya epigraphic research Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Maya time Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Maya rites, rituals, and ceremonies Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Olmecs and other western neighbors Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Interactions between Ancient Teotihuacan and the Maya world Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Southeast Mesoamerica Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Classic and Postclassic peoples of the Pacific coast Download PDF
Chapter  39:  The northern Maya Tollans Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Collapse, transformation, reorganization Download PDF
Chapter  41:  The structures of everyday life in the Postclassic urban setting of Mayapan Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Colonial Entanglements at Tahcabo, Yucatán Download PDF
Chapter  43:  The archaeology of Henequen Haciendas Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Lacandon Maya culture Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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