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Copan : The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Maya Kingdom - 00 edition

Copan : The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Maya Kingdom (ISBN10: 0155058088; ISBN13: 9780155058088)
ISBN13: 978-0155058088
ISBN10: 0155058088

Summary: Case Study in Archaeology, the Quilter Series This case study reconstructs and evaluates the sociopolitical system and culture history of a world famous Classic Maya Center in the highlands of Western Honduras, whose great temples, palaces, and carved monuments have been investigated since the 1830s. Using material from a series of archaeological excavations begun in 1975 that have focused on reconstructing the entire Copan Kingdom, this book presents to students for ...show more the first time an interpretation of the political, demographic, and agricultural history of the entire region. In addition, the case provides an extensive review of the methods used to reconstruct what happened at Copan. Students will have the opportunity to learn about what archaeologists do to reconstruct whole ancient systems, at the same time as they learn about what a well-known Maya kingdom was like, and what happened to it. This summary of the largest Maya settlement project conducted is a classic topic that all students need to be exposed to, and that is discussed in nearly every introductory book on the market today.
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  • This is the most up-to-date book available on Copan; professors will be able to provide students with the most current information and students will have the opportunity to update their knowledge of the Maya and their culture.
  • The text is written in such a way that it makes complicated topics understandable. It allows professors to expand where necessary and students to grasp ideas on their own.
  • Copan emphasizes 2 main themes: 1) the research projects and methods that the authors, along with many other colleagues, have used to reconstruct the growth and decline of a major Maya polity, and 2) the specific reconstructed events and culture history that derive from this research. The aim of this text is to tell the story about what the authors know and why they think they know what they do.
  • Provides a methodological focus that exposes students to a wide array of archaeological methods while directly showing their applications.
  • Demonstrates how professionals from several disciplines work together to arrive at conclusions. This allows professors to highlight their own specialties, and students to see a wide range of career opportunities.
  • The Copan case study illustrates first-hand how science is done in archaeology. It contains a strong presentation of methods and theory in archaeology and shows students how to apply archaeological methods to test hypotheses.
  • Includes many original photographs and maps so students can easily visualize what the authors are describing.
  • Chapter summaries are included at the end of each chapter to highlight the main points of the chapter and to re-focus the students on the important material covered.
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Edition/Copyright: 00
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published: 10/13/1999
International: No

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