Classic Maya Political History: Hieroglyphic and Archaeological Evidence (Paperback)
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Short Description for Classic Maya Political History This volume presents the first history of the Classic Maya based on a combination of the Maya's own dynastic records and archaeological data.
- Published: 19 December 1996
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521564458 ISBN 10: 052156445X
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Ancient Maya civilization once flourished in the rainforests of what is today southern Mexico and Central America. It possessed the only full system of writing ever to be developed in the Americas. The pace of decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has accelerated, and within the last decade half of the inscriptions from the sites of the Classic Period (AD 250-900) have been translated. Much of the newly available information consists of historical records of the careers of Maya rulers of the time. This volume is the first to present in detail the results of decipherment and to consider the implications of a Classic Maya written history. Contributors examine the way in which the Maya elite created the kinship, alliance, warfare and ceremonial networks on which the civilisation was founded. Drawing upon important material recently made available, they have transformed our understanding of the Maya.