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The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization

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Ever since the discovery of the ruins of Maya cities in the Central American jungle, people have speculated about this stone-age people who developed a brilliant civilization--one which had already degenerated & decayed by the time Spain entered the New World. The Maya were expert in astronomy, mathematics & hieroglyphic writing. They possessed a sophisticated poli ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 1973 by University of Oklahoma Press (Norman) (first published 1954)
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Thanks to what might have been optimistically described as an outdated university library I read an early edition, probably the first, of this book.

It had a lot of charm. Very unusually the text was broken up by, I think four, fictional imaginative reconstructions. One was a party of Maya visiting a village by canoe, another a youth preparing for a religious ceremony and so on. The account was chronological from pre-civic, to their impressive temple complexes built in the jungles of central Amer
Erik Graff
Jan 19, 2015 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thompson fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Since the decipherment of the Maya script this book has become outdated, but for anyone interested in an historical overview of Maya studies Thompson must be included. From the fifties into the seventies he was the preeminent English writer in the field.
Apr 15, 2010 Joseph rated it liked it
This book was written in the 50's and has that distinct style of the educated and civilized academic dealing with a culture that is considered backward. It is saved by his obvious love of the Maya and his real admiration for their achievements, which were considerable. He also has working for him the fact that when he was searching for these sites they were mostly unknown to archaeology and he had to trudge through dramatic jungle to get to most of it. That was my fascination with it as I'm real ...more
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May 15, 2009 Mario D'Amore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clear description of the author's idead of Maya civilization.
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