Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya
- ISBN 9780500970409
- 23.00 x 28.00 cm
- 141 Illustrations, 127 in colour
- First published 2012
The leading Maya scholar and one of the world’s finest photographers of ancient sites bring the rich cultural heritage of the Maya vividly and authoritatively to life
‘While nothing beats actually seeing such awe-inspiring exhibits, the catalogue is a good second best – as well as providing a wealth of information about these works of art, and how they relate to one another’ – Current World Archaeology
‘Coe is well known as a writer with the highest standards of clarity of style, and his rich text is a delight to read. The book is remarkable for cramming a breadth of up-to-date information plus 141 illustrations into 256 pages … an excellent introduction to Maya history … unquestionably a substantive and visual achievement’ – Antiquity
‘A beautifully shot, largely pictorial book’– British Museum Magazine
While Europe was buried in the Dark Ages, the Maya were producing astonishing sculpture, stelae and wall murals, as well as building magnificent temples, tombs and ball courts.
The rise and fall of Mayan civilization is traced through its great royal cities. From El Mirador to the cities of the Maya Renaissance and finally to Chichen Itza, where the 700-year flowering of the Mayan people came to a halt, the riveting history of powerful dynasties, political intrigues and a flourishing culture is illuminated through new research and evocative photographs.
A new reading of artifacts, reliefs, murals, maps and other archaeological evidence allows Coe to untangle the complex sequence of internecine ritual warfare that fatally weakened the late Maya era. Documented with specially commissioned maps and plans based on the latest research, Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya will be irresistible to everyone from the casual visitor to Pre-Columbian experts.
Michael D. Coe is Charles J. MacCurdy Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University, and Curator Emeritus at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Barry Brukoff is an award-winning photographer whose books include Temples of Cambodia: The Heart of Angkor and The Enigma of Stonehenge.