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World of the Maya

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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan

by John Lloyd Stephens | Karl Ackerman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 286 PAGES

In this beloved classic, first published in 1841, Stephens chronicles his adventures and explorations in the Yucatan, including his rediscovery of important Maya sites, among them Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah and Tulum. This traveler's edition features modern and archival photographs in addition to Frederick Catherwood's original lithographs. (MEX02, $16.95)

The End of Time, The Maya Mystery of 2012

The End of Time, The Maya Mystery of 2012

by Anthony Aveni

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

Aveni covers what we know about the Maya and their ideas about creation, the Maya calendar and astronomy in this crisp overview. (MYA73, $19.95)

The Maya

The Maya

by Michael Coe

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

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

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & the Yucatan

Insight Guide Guatemala, Belize & 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)

Yucatan Map

Yucatan Map

by ITMB

  • 2008
  • MAP

A detailed travel map of the Yucatan, covering Tikal, Copan, Belize, Chiapas and more at a scale of 1:500,000. Printed on tear proof, waterproof paper. (MEX04, $12.95)

 
Mexico Central & Mexico City Map

Mexico Central & Mexico City Map


by ITMB

  • MAP

This colorful traveler's map, centered on Mexico City, Mexico covering the region including Tampico, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Acapulco, at a scale of 1:1,000,000. With Mexico City on the reverse. (MEX141, $11.95)

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)

Skywatchers

Skywatchers


by Anthony Aveni

  • HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 423 PAGES

A revised edition of the book that established the field of archaeoastronomy. Aveni pays particular attention to calendars, religion and science in Aztec and Maya cultures. (MEX136, $34.95)

The Maya and Teotihuacan, Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction

The Maya and Teotihuacan, Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction


by Geoffrey E. Braswell

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 441 PAGES

These essays, including a chapter by Karl Taube, shed light on the relationship between two Mesoamerican civilizations. (MYA40, $37.00)

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)

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests


by Gab Vail

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 431 PAGES

Aveni, Taube, Bricker and other leading experts contribute to this collection of papers originally presented at Dunbarton Oakes in 2006. With a section on With a section on archaeoastronomy, codices and cosmologies. (MYA76, $49.95)

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)

Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks and Cultures

Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks and Cultures


by Anthony Aveni

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A sweeping history of timekeeping across the world's ancient cultures. (GEN315, $24.95)

Maya Art and Architecture

Maya Art and Architecture


by 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)

Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya

Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya


by William L Fash

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A comprehensive, illustrated overview of the great city of Copan, its rise to power, history and mysterious collapse in the ninth century. Fash pays particular attention to the role of recently deciphered inscriptions in our changing understanding of the Maya. (MYA11, $24.95)

Star Gods of the Maya

Star Gods of the Maya


by Susan Milbrath

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

Milbraith shows relationship the between art and astronomy in ancient Maya culture in this groundbreaking and beautifully illustrated book. (MYA79, $24.95)

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 Art of Mesoamerica, from Olmec to Aztec

The Art of Mesoamerica, from Olmec to Aztec


by Mary Ellen Miller

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An excellent survey of Mesoamerican art and architecture from 1500 BC to the Spanish conquest. Compact and profusely illustrated, it includes drawings, photographs and site plans. (MYA09, $24.95)

The Cities of Ancient Mexico

The Cities of Ancient Mexico


by Jeremy Sabloff

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

With 152 black-and-white photographs, illustrations and site diagrams, this portrait of ancient civilizations in Mexico features chapters on the Oaxaca Valley, Teotihuacan and Palenque. Written by a renowned Mayanist, it also includes insightful chapters on how archaeologists have reconstructed the past in Mexico. (MEX41, $18.95)

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, $22.00)

The Indian Christ, the Indian King

The Indian Christ, the Indian King


by Victoria Reifler Bricker

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 382 PAGES

Drawing on diverse sources, Bricker looks at the interplay of history, myth, folklore and ritual in this critique of standard interpretations of the post-conquest history of the Maya. (MYA77, $45.00)

The Order of Days, The Maya World and the Truth About 2012

The Order of Days, The Maya World and the Truth About 2012


by David Stuart

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Stuart refutes common myths about the Maya calendar and the hysteria over the end of the world on December 21, 2012. (MYA75, $24.00)

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)

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
  • 388 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, $29.95)

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)

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