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Ancient Maya : Rise and Fall of a Rainforest

Ancient Maya : Rise and Fall of a Rainforest - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521533904

Cover of Ancient Maya : Rise and Fall of a Rainforest 04 (ISBN 978-0521533904)
ISBN13: 978-0521533904
ISBN10: 0521533902
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Ancient Maya : Rise and Fall of a Rainforest - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521533904

Arthur Demarest

ISBN13: 978-0521533904
ISBN10: 0521533902
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Arthur Demarest brings the lost civilization of Maya to life by applying a holistic view to the most recently discovered archaeological evidence. His theoretical interpretation simultaneously emphasizes the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Drawing on data from the latest significant archaeological research in Central America, this new study appeals to those interested in the ecological bases of civilization, the function of the state and the causes of the collapse of civilizations.

Table of Contents

1. The mystery and the challenge of the Ancient Maya

2. Background: geography, chronology, and theoretical perspective

3. The exploration and archaeology of the Maya: a brief history

4. Obscure beginnings and the preclassic florescence

5. The splinter of classic Maya florescence in the lowlands

6. Settlement and subsistence: the rain forest adaptation

7. Classic Maya economics

8. Religion and ideology: beliefs and ritual of the theater state

9. Classic Maya politics and history: the dynamics of the theater state

10. The end of classic Maya civilization: collapse, transition, and transformation

11. The legacy of the classic Maya civilization: postclassic, colonial, and modern traditions

12. The lessons of Maya history and prehistory.

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