The Ancient Maya

By Robert J. Sharer; Loa P. Traxler
(Stanford University Press, Paperback, 9780804748179, 931pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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This book traces the evolution of Maya civilization through the Pre-Columbian era, a span of some 2,500 years from the origins of complex society within Mesoamerica to the end of the Pre-Columbian world with the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. The sixth edition presents new archaeological evidence and historical studies and offers the most extensive revisions of this classic work to date. The result is the most thorough and incisive study of the origins and development of ancient Maya civilization ever published.

About the Author
ROBERT J. SHARER is Sally and Alvin Shoemaker Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of of The Ancient Maya (revised and expanded edition 2006) and Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center and Its Sculpture (1990), has published over 100 scholarly articles, and has co-written two archaeology textbooks and several monographs reporting the results of his archaeological research. He has also co-edited five books, including Understanding Early Classic Copan (2004), and Regional Perspectives on the Olmec (1989). He has conducted research in Central America for over 40 years.

Loa P. Traxler is Andrew W. Mellon Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
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