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World of the Maya

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One

Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan: Volume One

by John Lloyd Stephens

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1969
  • PAPER
  • 396 PAGES

The first volume of Stephens' 1841 account, an instant bestseller and still an excellent introduction to the people, culture and archaeology of Central America. It follows Stephens through Belize and Guatemala, with several chapters on Copan. With 127 engravings by Frederick Catherwood. We also carry Volume Two. ($14.95, Item MYA05) (MYA33, $17.95)

The Maya

The Maya

by Stephen Houston | Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Coe's clear, concise, illustrated survey of the Maya highlights their chronology, accomplishments and legacy. Ninth edition. (MYA10, $26.95)

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 380 PAGES

This handsome guide gives a profusely illustrated overview of Guatemala, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, featuring concise essays by well-regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. (CAM113, $24.99)

Central America Map

Central America Map

by ITMB

  • 2012
  • MAP

A detailed map of the Central American isthmus at a scale of 1:1,100,000. (CAM20, $12.95)

 
Archaeological Mexico: A Traveler's Guide to Ancient Cities and Sacred Sites

Archaeological Mexico: A Traveler's Guide to Ancient Cities and Sacred Sites


by Andrew Coe

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

A guide to 52 of the largest and best-known sites throughout Mexico, including an extensive section on the Yucatan peninsula. (MEX63, $21.95)

The First Maya Civilization, Ritual and Power in the Maya Lowlands Before the Classic Period

The First Maya Civilization, Ritual and Power in the Maya Lowlands Before the Classic Period


by Francisco Estrada-belli

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER

This study of the Preclassical Maya posits that the civilization, before AD 400, was much more advanced than has been previously assumed. (MYA62, $40.95)

The Guatemala Reader

The Guatemala Reader


by Greg Grandin

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 648 PAGES

A lively, literate sourcebook on the politics, economy and society of Guatemala, aimed at students, travelers and scholars. (GML18, $29.95)

The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan

The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan


by Karl Taube

  • HISTORY
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Taube's scholarly analysis of the most principal gods of ancient Maya reveals their forms and functions as well as their symbolic meanings. (MEX336, $20.00)

The Maya, Voices in Stone

The Maya, Voices in Stone


by et al. | David Stuart

  • HISTORY
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 516 PAGES

Produced by a multi-national panel of scholars, this groundbreaking sourcebook is a comprehensive appraisal of Mayan culture (classical period through colonialism). The fresh, scholarly work is filled with over 300 maps, images and infographics. (MYA96, $90.00)

Understanding Early Classic Copan

Understanding Early Classic Copan


by Ell Bell

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 392 PAGES

This scholarly exploration of the Copan Dynasty (AD 400-650) synthesizes recent research on the Honduran site and presents new theories about the city's mythic founding father, K'inich Yak K'uk' Mo'. (MYA61, $59.95)

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya


by Karl Taube | Mary Miller

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the mythology of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. (CAM109, $19.95)

Archaeology of Communities: A New World Perspective

Archaeology of Communities: A New World Perspective


by Marcello Canuto | Jason Yaeger

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A collection of 13 essays that explore the concept of community in relation to patterns of material culture excavated by archaeologists. (GNL69, $50.00)

Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code


by Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Mayan hieroglyphs were a linguistic puzzle until the 1952 breakthrough translation of a Mayan bark-paper text, as Coe explains in this classic tale, revised and updated for this third edition. (MYA30, $19.95)

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya


by Simon Martin | Nikolai Grube

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

An unusual and rewarding book, illustrated in color and black-and-white, this is the story of ancient Maya kings and queens as gleaned from recently deciphered hieroglyphs. (MYA31, $26.95)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture


by Megan O'Neil | Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

An illustrated overview of the art and architecture of the Maya, making use of the latest discoveries at Tikal, Copan and Palenque to demonstrate the range of Mayan artistic influence. Revised and updated, this new edition includes color illustrations throughout. (MYA20, $20.95)

Palenque, Eternal City of the Maya

Palenque, Eternal City of the Maya


by George Stuart | David Stuart

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

An in-depth account of the discovery, meaning and wonders of this most beautiful of Maya cities by the father-and-son team of archaeologists long associated with Palenque. (MEX239, $34.95)

Reading Maya Art

Reading Maya Art


by Marc Zender

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

Presented here for the first time is a compendium of 100 hieroglyphs, the building blocks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. (MYA69, $34.95)

Reading the Maya Glyphs

Reading the Maya Glyphs


by Mark Van Stone | Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide to commonly encountered Maya hieroglyphs provides an excellent introduction to Maya writing for the traveler. We also carry Coe's classic text The Maya. ($24.95, Item MYA10) (MYA26, $19.95)

The Ancient Maya

The Ancient Maya


by Loa Traxler | Robert Sharer

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 892 PAGES

The revised sixth edition of this scholarly reference on everything Maya, including individual site descriptions, maps, and much else of interest to the serious student of Maya history and culture. Originally published by Sylvanus Moreey in 1946, this beautifully illustrated, readable edition reflects recent archaeological and hieroglyphic evidence. (MYA07, $38.95)

The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

The Code of Kings, The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs


by Linda Schele | Peter Mathews

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A vivid guided tour of seven Maya sites, including Palenque, Tikal and Chichen Itza. This outstanding book features photos and line drawings throughout, and introductory chapters with a succinct introduction to Maya history and culture. (MYA13, $25.99)

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico

Time Among the Maya, Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico


by Ronald Wright

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Wright combines journalism, archaeology and an ear for dialogue in this engaging account of travels among the contemporary Maya. (CAM84, $16.00)

Aztec and Maya Myths

Aztec and Maya Myths


by Karl Taube

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 80 PAGES

Taube reveals how the ancient Aztec and Mayan myths derive from the same Mesoamerican cultural tradition, which continues to survive in contemporary Mexican and Central American lore. (MYA100, $16.95)

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life


by Dennis Tedlock

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

The definitive, unabridged collection of creation myths and stories of the Quiche people, fundamental to understanding the worldview of the highland Maya. (MYA14, $16.99)

Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya, A Guide

Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya, A Guide


by Victoria Schlesinger

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the natural and cultural history of 100 plants and animals of the Maya world, primarily those from the lowland tropical forest of Central America but also including savanna, mangrove and coral reef habitats. (MYA29, $36.95)

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador

Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador


by Ernest Preston Edwards

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

This classic guide illustrates all the regularly occurring birds of Mexico and neighboring areas, including details of distribution, abundance, habitat and identification features for 850 species. (MEX47, $24.95)

Dawn of the Maya

Dawn of the Maya


by National Geographic Society

  • FILM
  • 2004
  • DVD

National Geographic investigates the Preclassic Maya, discrediting the belief that they were a primitive culture and revealing instead a flourishing society that created elaborate art and massive pyramids. Runtime: 60 minutes. (MYA94, $24.95)

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