Lost Kingdoms of the Maya

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya Author Gene S. Stuart
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173020674271
Release 1993
Pages 248
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This new National Geographic book spans the 4,000-year-old history of the Maya, who developed one of the most remarakable civilizations in pre-Colombian America.The authors detail the painstaking work of reconstructing and deciphering the intricate hieroglyphs left behind by Mayan scribes--records that have led to wondrous discoveries.



Mayans Aztecs and Incas

Mayans  Aztecs and Incas Author Linda J. Larsen
ISBN-10 9781557345950
Release 1996-04-01
Pages 80
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This unit, designed for use with intermediate and junior high school students, centers on the Mayan, Aztec and Incan civilizations in Central and South America and contains literature selections, poetry, writing ideas, curriculum connections to other subjects, group projects and more. The literary works included are: The corn grows ripe / by Dorothy Rhoads -- Aztecs: the fall of the Aztec capital / by Richard Platt -- Secret of the Andes / Ann Nolan Clark.



Your Travel Guide to the Ancient Mayan Civilization

Your Travel Guide to the Ancient Mayan Civilization Author Nancy Day
ISBN-10 0822530775
Release 2001
Pages 96
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Takes readers on a journey back in time in order to experience life during the Maya civilization, describing clothing, accommodations, foods, local customs, transportation, a few notable personalities, and more.



Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America

Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America Author Frank Joseph
ISBN-10 9781591439813
Release 2009-12-21
Pages 328
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The examination of four great civilizations that existed before Columbus’s arrival in North America offers evidence of sustained contact between the Old and New Worlds • Describes the cultural splendor, political might, and incredibly advanced technology of these precursors to our modern age • Shows that North America’s first civilization, the Adena, was sparked by ancient Kelts from Western Europe and explores links between Hopewell Mound Builders and prehistoric Japanese seafarers Before Rome ruled the Classical World, gleaming stone pyramids stood amid smoking iron foundries from North America’s Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi River. On its east bank, across from today’s St. Louis, Missouri, flourished a walled city more populous than London was one thousand years ago, with a pyramid larger--at its base--than Egypt’s Great Pyramid. During the 12th century, hydraulic engineers laid out a massive irrigation network spanning the American Southwest that, if laid end to end, would stretch from Phoenix, Arizona, to the Canadian border. On a scale to match, they built a five-mile-wide dam from ten million cubic yards of rock. While Europe stumbled through the Dark Ages, a metropolis of weirdly shaped, multistory superstructures, precisely aligned to the sun and moon, sprawled across the New Mexico Desert. Who was responsible for such colossal achievements? Where did their mysterious builders come from, and what became of them? These are some of the questions investigated by Frank Joseph in his examination of ancient influences at work on our continent. He reveals that modern civilization is not the first to arise in North America but was preceded instead by four high cultures that rose and fell over the past three thousand years: the Adena, Hopewell, Mississippian, and Anasazi-Hohokam. How they achieved greatness and why they vanished so completely are the intriguing enigmas explored by this unconventional prehistory of our country, Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America.



The Ancient Maya

The Ancient Maya Author Jennifer Fretland VanVoorst
ISBN-10 9780756545642
Release 2012-07-01
Pages 48
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Describes the Ancient Mayan civilization, including their religious views, intellectual achievements, and everyday life.



The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing Author Stephen D. Houston
ISBN-10 0806132043
Release 2001
Pages 551
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The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing is an important story of intellectual discovery and a tale of code breaking comparable to the interpreting of Egyptian hieroglyphs and the decoding of cuneiform. This book provides a history of the interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs. Introductory essays offer the historical context and describe the personalities and theories of the many authors who contributed to the understanding of these ancient glyphs.



Term Paper Resource Guide to Medieval History

Term Paper Resource Guide to Medieval History Author Jean S. Hamm
ISBN-10 9780313359675
Release 2010
Pages 371
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Help students get the most out of studying medieval history with this comprehensive and practical research guide to topics and resources. * Covers 100 significant events across four continents, between 410 C.E. and 1485 C.E. * Offers an easy-to-use chronological organization that facilitates research and saves time for students, faculty, and librarians * Includes an annotated bibliography of primary source materials for each topic



Exploring Maya Ritual Caves

Exploring Maya Ritual Caves Author Stanislav Chládek
ISBN-10 9780759119871
Release 2011
Pages 228
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Exploring Maya Ritual Caves offers a rare survey and explication of most of the known ancient Maya ritual caves in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The caves were the Maya underworld, where rituals, including animal and human sacrifice, were carried out. The Maya cave cult and mythology, construction and modification of the caves, and cult art and artifacts are discussed. Chládek, an intrepid explorer, then describes important caves that he has recently visited and provides photos of their wonders.



Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya

Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya Author Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos
ISBN-10 9780300224672
Release 2017-05-02
Pages 304
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This nuanced account explores Maya mythology through the lens of art, text, and culture. It offers an important reexamination of the mid-16th-century Popol Vuh, long considered an authoritative text, which is better understood as one among many crucial sources for the interpretation of ancient Maya art and myth. Using materials gathered across Mesoamerica, Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos bridges the gap between written texts and artistic representations, identifying key mythical subjects and uncovering their variations in narratives and visual depictions. Central characters—including a secluded young goddess, a malevolent grandmother, a dead father, and the young gods who became the sun and the moon—are identified in pottery, sculpture, mural painting, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Highlighting such previously overlooked topics as sexuality and generational struggles, this beautifully illustrated book paves the way for a new understanding of Maya myths and their lavish expression in ancient art.



Maya Sacred Geography and the Creator Deities

Maya Sacred Geography and the Creator Deities Author Karen Bassie-Sweet
ISBN-10 9780806185194
Release 2014-10-22
Pages 384
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The K’iche’ Maya creation story preserved in the sixteenth-century manuscript Popol Vuh describes the origin of the world and its people in a setting long assumed to be the Guatemalan central highlands. Now a scholar with a deep knowledge of Maya history shows that all of these mythological events occurred at specific locations and that this landscape was the template for the Maya worldview. Examining the primary Maya deities, Karen Bassie-Sweet links geographic features to gods and beliefs. She reconstructs key elements of the Popol Vuh to argue that the three volcanoes around Lake Atitlan were the three thunderbolt gods and that the lake was the center of the world. She also shows that the Maya view of the creation of humans is centered on corn and examines core beliefs about the corn cycle to propose that the creation myth was established much earlier in Maya history than previously supposed. Generously illustrated, Maya Sacred Geography and the Creator Deities is a detailed ethnohistorical analysis of Maya religion, cosmology, and ritual practice that convincingly links mythology to the land. A comprehensive treatment of Maya religion, it provides an essential resource for scholars and will fascinate any reader captivated by these ancient beliefs.



The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya

The New Archaeology and the Ancient Maya Author Jeremy A. Sabloff
ISBN-10 9781466814448
Release 1994-08-15
Pages 193
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Nowadays, archaeological investigators don't just dig up the past They use high-tech equipment, chemical analyses, sampling strategies, and other modern means to gain a better understanding of why and how cultures change. Using the study of the Maya as a test case, Jeremy Sabloff shows how the exciting transformation of archaeology is shedding new light on past civilizations.



Maya Imagery Architecture and Activity

Maya Imagery  Architecture  and Activity Author Kaylee R. Spencer
ISBN-10 9780826355805
Release 2015-05-01
Pages 432
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Maya Imagery, Architecture, and Activity privileges art historical perspectives in addressing the ways the ancient Maya organized, manipulated, created, interacted with, and conceived of the world around them. The Maya provide a particularly strong example of the ways in which the built and imaged environment are intentionally oriented relative to political, religious, economic, and other spatial constructs. In examining space, the contributors of this volume demonstrate the core interrelationships inherent in a wide variety of places and spaces, both concrete and abstract. They explore the links between spatial order and cosmic order and the possibility that such connections have sociopolitical consequences. This book will prove useful not just to Mayanists but to art historians in other fields and scholars from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, geography, and landscape architecture.



The Maya End Times A Spiritual Adventure to the Heart of the Maya Prophecies for 2012

The Maya End Times  A Spiritual Adventure to the Heart of the Maya Prophecies for 2012 Author Patricia Mercier
ISBN-10 9781780283357
Release 2011-12-19
Pages 288
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According to the Maya Prophecies, the 5,000-year Fourth Age will come to it end in 2012. In a remarkable adventure which takes her all over Central South America and involves strange ceremonies at sacred pyramids, scaling an active volcano and chases with drug runners, Patricia Mercier attempts to discover whether 2012 will be the end of the world as know it or the dawning of a new golden age. When Patricia Mercier embarked on her personal quest to discover what the Maya people think may happen in 2012 she had no idea what to expect, and was surprised to be given a special mission; an old woman entrusted her with a life-size quartz crystal skull, telling her to carry it to the End of Time . To understand and prepare for her part in the rite, Patricia studied with Maya teachers and shamans; was blessed, tested, raised up and cast down. She was chased by drug-runners, saved by a mysterious guardian, inspired by visions and tested by Maya calendar-keepers. Her search led her to mystic ceremonies at Mayan pyramids; to the top of a lava-spewing volcano; into deep, dark underground passages; to the tombs of ancient kings - and to encounters with otherworldly beings. Patricia s experiences in the magical world of the Mayas, gives us a glimpse of what these ancient people really think and feel about life, how different their concept of time is and explains that the world has a choice between crisis and breakthrough in the build-up to 2012. The Maya End Times is a potent mix of serious investigation, travel adventure and inner experience compelling and unforgettable at the same time. We cannot afford to ignore the prophecies for the End Times, and we must rediscover the ancient wisdom that can help us change our world.



Ancient Americas DBA

Ancient Americas DBA Author Social Studies School Service
ISBN-10 9781560041566
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 53
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Ancient Americas DBA has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Ancient Americas DBA also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Ancient Americas DBA book for free.



Palenque

Palenque Author Deborah Kops
ISBN-10 9780761340478
Release 2008-01-01
Pages 80
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Mysterious ancient ruins, hidden deep in the jungle of southern Mexico… In May 1840, explorers John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood road their mules along a steep, muddy jungle path. They were hoping to find the ruins of an ancient, deserted site in Mexico they knew only from visitors’ accounts. Through the trees, they spied the remains of a crumbling stone palace. Palenque! In the weeks they spent there, the men discovered intricately designed buildings and mysterious glyphs, or symbols. Who built this city? What did the glyphs mean? The questions remained largely unanswered until the 1950s, when Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier began his work at Palenque. By this time, he knew the ruins were those of the ancient Maya, who lived across Mexico and Central America more than one thousand years ago. After exhaustive work, Ruz and his crew made an amazing discovery—a tomb buried deep inside a pyramid. Through intensive study of Mayan glyphs, they learned the tomb was that of the great Mayan king Pakal, who died in 683 A.D. Since then, archaeologists have discovered much more about Mayan pyramids, writing, and architecture. Read this intriguing volume to learn about Palenque and about the mysteries that still remain.



Endangered Peoples of Latin America

Endangered Peoples of Latin America Author Susan C. Stonich
ISBN-10 031330856X
Release 2001
Pages 232
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Offers thirteen contributions from anthropologists describing conditions facing indigenous and marginalized groups in Mexico, Central America, and South America.



Three Stones Make a Wall

Three Stones Make a Wall Author Eric H. Cline
ISBN-10 9781400884612
Release 2017-02-14
Pages 480
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In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, "I see wonderful things." Carter's fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall. Written by Eric Cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, Three Stones Make a Wall traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries, from Pompeii to Petra, Troy to the Terracotta Warriors, and Mycenae to Megiddo and Masada. Cline brings to life the personalities behind these digs, including Heinrich Schliemann, the former businessman who excavated Troy, and Mary Leakey, whose discoveries advanced our understanding of human origins. The discovery of the peoples and civilizations of the past is presented in vivid detail, from the Hittites and Minoans to the Inca, Aztec, and Moche. Along the way, the book addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to the exciting new discoveries being made today, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology.