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In this second edition, author John S. Henderson has revised his introduction to Maya culture and added photographs and drawings. He explores the Mayan cultural tradition from the earliest traces of settlement throogh the period of Spanish conquest in the 16th century. The ancient Mayas are understood to have been the only fully-literate precolumbian people in the AmericasIn this second edition, author John S. Henderson has revised his introduction to Maya culture and added photographs and drawings. He explores the Mayan cultural tradition from the earliest traces of settlement throogh the period of Spanish conquest in the 16th century. The ancient Mayas are understood to have been the only fully-literate precolumbian people in the Americas and the author incorporates deciphered Maya texts in his reconstruction of ancient Maya societies. As scientists, the Mayas developed a sophisticated mathematics, and an intricate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and adapt successfully to a tropical forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture and painting are all investigated in this volume....

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ISBN : 9780801431838
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 329 Pages
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The World of the Ancient Maya Reviews

  • Tim
    2018-11-17 00:39

    This is a complex and nuanced history on an academic level. If you want a thumbnail sketch or just a survey of Mayan history read something else. This book is dry and dense and packed with settlement info that contrasts the regions and time periods throughout Mayan world. It moves quick most of the time but also makes extremely detailed explanations that might not interest you. But for me, it was awesome. I did have to read re-read quite a bit though.

  • Yvonne
    2018-12-02 04:37

    I am lucky enough to have a first edition printing of this book (paperback form) from 1981 which I purchased for a mere .25 cents at a used book sale. This book is written in academic form, with plenty of 'white space' for one to make notes along the way. It is densely informative and can be a bit dry (as most academic books are in my opinion) but it is still interesting nonetheless.

  • Masterrabbi
    2018-11-12 23:42

    As a review of our archeological and an anthropological knowledge of the ancient Maya, it serves more to highlight the lack of information that we have and the historical nuance of complex societies rather than present definitive research, which I found refreshingly honest. The discussion was much more focused on population, pottery styles, evidence of trade, and other hard evidence as opposed to broad strokes on culture and lifestyle.As an audiobook Ms. May does a crisp and understandable reading, but tends to keep a flat, narrative tone that is appropriate for a non-fiction, albeit harder to listen to. Conceding that non-fiction history is a challenge for audiobooks, I've listened to historical non-fiction books that were more engaging than this.In conclusion, this book is very informative and a great review on history, but is rather unapproachable to a broader audience.

  • Todd Martin
    2018-12-11 01:42

    “The World of the Ancient Maya” is an overview of the diversity and scope of the Mayan civilization, but has the fatal flaw that it is merely a dry collection of facts and has no connecting narrative. You’d think it might be difficult to write a mind-numbingly boring book about a people whose priests used to cut their sacrificial victims chests open and tear out the beating heart as an offering to their gods, but Henderson has done just that.

  • Jeff Rudisel
    2018-11-26 20:47

    Very interesting, but not very engrossing.Reads a bit like a huge list of facts.It's hard to make a book truly fascinating without some engrossing personal narrative, but the fragmentary nature and almost complete dearth of documentation due to the destruction of almost all Mayan books by the European conquerors, makes personal narrative of any particular Mayans very difficult to come by.Still, glad that I read it and gained some good knowledge of the civilization and area and period.

  • Jess
    2018-11-24 03:54

    I prefer my history books to read more like stories than this. This is pretty dry and wanders all over the place getting to you to how experts KNOW everything. Honestly I don't care how they know it, just tell me what's up.

  • Michele
    2018-12-02 00:05

    It's a bit dated, but otherwise informative.

  • George
    2018-11-15 01:59

    Sometimes long and dry, but always kept my interest.I also learned a lot about the Maya that I did not know.

  • Kristina
    2018-12-02 01:35

    Clear.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-12 23:03

    This textbook is rather dry but extremely informative.

  • Dan G
    2018-11-27 22:03

    I found this discussion less stimulating than many others (Coe, Sharer).

  • Michael Tarpinian
    2018-12-01 00:49

    Hated it. Perhaps it is impossible to tell a story based on archeology alone. This was a mass of disjointed information.

  • Shawn
    2018-11-27 04:41

    Text book information not a fun read but good info.

  • Nick Tredennick
    2018-12-12 00:44

    Too dry, not enough of the culture and society. Mostly dry facts about settlements.