Daily life in Maya civilization / Robert J. Sharer.

By: Sharer, Robert JMaterial type: TextTextSeries: Greenwood Press "Daily life through history" series: Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009Edition: 2nd edDescription: xix, 280 p. : ill., map ; 25 cmISBN: 9780313351297 (alk. paper); 0313351295 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Mayas -- History | Mayas -- Social life and customs | Mayas -- Antiquities | Central America -- AntiquitiesDDC classification: 972.81/016 LOC classification: F1435 | .S54 2009
Contents:
The Maya of past and present -- Understanding the May past -- The foundations of Maya civilization -- Early Maya civilization -- Middle Maya Civilization -- Transformations in Maya civilization -- Late Maya civilization -- Maya economy -- Maya society -- Maya government -- Maya religion -- Maya writing and calendars -- The meaning of Maya civilization.
Summary: Traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century, examining the daily life of the people, and discusses topics such as the civilization's economy, social and political systems, writing and calendar, arts and crafts, and religion.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-259) and index.

Traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century, examining the daily life of the people, and discusses topics such as the civilization's economy, social and political systems, writing and calendar, arts and crafts, and religion.

The Maya of past and present -- Understanding the May past -- The foundations of Maya civilization -- Early Maya civilization -- Middle Maya Civilization -- Transformations in Maya civilization -- Late Maya civilization -- Maya economy -- Maya society -- Maya government -- Maya religion -- Maya writing and calendars -- The meaning of Maya civilization.

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Library Journal Review

In this update to the 1996 edition, Sharer (Quirigua) includes scholarship from newly deciphered Maya writings and from fresh archaeological discoveries in the lowland, highland, and Pacific Coast areas. Special attention has also been paid to the Early Maya segment, reflecting an upsurge in relevant scholarship. The book's 13 chapters move through the Maya civilization's 13,000-year social, economic, and cultural development. Also offered is a thought-provoking consideration of Maya civilization and the lessons it can impart to contemporary Western society. An absorbing read. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up‘This thorough study of Mayan culture begins with a history of the development of this civilization over several thousand years. The author explains the effects of climate and terrain on population shifts and how archaeologists study sites and reconstruct societies from their findings. Following chapters discuss the rise and fall of royal dynasties, economic growth, social roles and strata, daily life, political organization, and religion. An in-depth examination of Mayan writing and numerical systems and the development of a complex calendrical record demonstrates the sophistication of this culture. An extensive bibliography is included. Black-and-white photographs of art, artifacts, excavations, and contemporary Mayan life as well as charts and a map extend the well-written text, but the book's overall appearance is bland and utilitarian. Carolyn Meyer and Charles Gallenkamp's The Mystery of the Ancient Maya (McElderry, 1994) is less detailed, but provides some colorful background information about earlier archaeological expeditions. Libraries needing comprehensive material about the Mayans will welcome Sharer's new title.‘Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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ROBERT J. SHARER is Sally and Alvin Shoemaker Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of of The Ancient Maya (revised and expanded edition 2006) and Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center and Its Sculpture (1990), has published over 100 scholarly articles, and has co-written two archaeology textbooks and several monographs reporting the results of his archaeological research. He has also co-edited five books, including Understanding Early Classic Copan (2004), and Regional Perspectives on the Olmec (1989). He has conducted research in Central America for over 40 years.

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