The Maya
  1. Michael D. Coe
  2. Stephen Houston

The bestselling, most authoritative introduction to the ancient Maya, now fully revised and expanded for the ninth edition

The Maya

‘One of the success stories of popular archaeology publishing … the virtues of 'The Maya' have remained constant; so has its value for money’ – The Times Literary Supplement
‘Beautifully and lavishly illustrated … essential reading for any intrepid souls heading to Central America’– Geographical
‘Coe and Houston’s book constitutes one of the major introductions to Maya civilization … highly recommended’– Latin American Antiquity

Michael D. Coe and Stephen Houston have updated this classic account of the New World’s greatest ancient civilization to incorporate the most recent research in a fast-changing field.

New discoveries of spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty; the Classic Maya themselves can be understood as occupants of royal courts, full of Machiavellian intrigue yet operating in close communion with gods and cosmos.

Just-discovered texts at Xultun show a strong concern with astronomy and numerology, as well as evidence of lost books. Other finds include the discovery in an underwater cavern of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, and new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal.

The Maya highlights the vitality of current scholarship into this brilliant civilization.

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of many books, including Breaking the Maya Code, Reading the Maya Glyphs (with Mark Van Stone) and The True History of Chocolate (with Sophie D. Coe).
Stephen Houston is Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University.

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