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

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‘An instant classic recognizable to specialists as an innovative contribution, and to general readers as a gripping account of a disappeared world’ – The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘Beautifully designed and illustrated … a handy guide to the latest in Maya written history’ – American Archaeology

‘Offers rich details of the Mayan culture, politics and economics … Reple

Paperback, 2nd edition, 240 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2000)
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A very enjoyable and interesting account of scholarship's opinions of the meanings of Mayan inscriptions, architecture, and sculpture. It is fascinating that such an impressive civilization is gone and we would do well to take heed to the warnings that are implied in this book. Overpopulation, disregard of the limitations of the environment, and constant warfare eventually take their toll on any civilization. I recommend this book highly. It has no agenda. Just spells out what they believe about ...more
This book is chock full of site plans and photos, artifacts and loads of maps.

This is a highly informative work considering that most of Maya history comes from the Glyphs/writing left on buildings and monuments.

This book is a very good quick reference guide for those who do not want to wade through huge blocks of history text to get to the information you need. The volume is divided into sections separating the Maya into their city states and showing their impact on the world around them (as we
Leonide Martin
Well-documented descriptions of the ruling dynasties of 11 Maya cities. Nice overview of Maya time periods, hieroglyphs, calendars, culture and politics. Published in 2000, the name spellings are from an older protocol; newer books use different spellings as epigraphic progress enabled better translations of Maya glyphs. Gorgeous color pictures throughout.
It leans heavily on epigraphic analysis, without much analysis of why some of these texts may contain propagandistic lies. But it is overall great. Every known ruler from the major sites. Mayanists may benefit from seeking out the 2nd edition, as the bibliography is more complete. But the text itself has barely been revised.
I very much enjoyed this book. I have been interested in Maya archaeology and history for many years. This was a very informative and up to date history of the Mayan kingdoms and their rulers. Very much recommended for anyone interested in this area.
This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to research the history of ancient Mayan kings and queens, the Mayan language, calendar and culture.
Gosto muito desta série de livros e este não me desiludiu. Permitiu-me conhecer melhor este povo tão impressionante. Excelentes imagens.
Mostly Yucatan Maya in the first edition-haven't looked at second edition-copiously illustrated and helpful to decode glyphs.
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