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The Fall of the Ancient Maya : Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse
by David Webster
Professor Webster makes full use of his own and his colleagues' latest discoveries at sites such as Copán, Tikal, Dos Pilas, and Piedras Negras to reveal the subtle complexity and variety of the collapse across the Maya world. Enhanced by illuminating cross-cultural comparisons, and written in a personal, engaging style, this is the most satisfying and convincing analysis yet produced of the downfall of the New World's greatest ancient civilization. Amazon.com
Hardcover: 368 pages
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500051135;
 
The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya City
by Peter Harrison
Paperback - 208 pages
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500281297
 
An Archaeological Guide to Northern Central America : Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
by Joyce Kelly, Jerry Kelly (Photographer)
Paperback - 352 pages
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0806128615
 
Album of Maya Architecture
An Album of Maya Architecture
by Tatiana Proskouriakoff
One of the most influential archaeologists to have worked in the field, covers Uaxactun and Chichen-Itzá architecture in 29 superb b/w plates. Db
Paperback (August 1977)
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Txt); ISBN: 0806113510
 
Ambivalent Conquests : Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570
(Cambridge Latin American Studies, 61)
by Inga Clendinnen
This is both a specific study of conversion in a corner of the Spanish Empire, and a work with implications for the understanding of European domination and native resistance throughout the colonial world. Dr Clendinnen explores the intensifying conflict between competing and increasingly divergent Spanish visions of Yucatan and its destructive outcomes. She seeks to penetrate the ways of thinking and feeling of the Mayan Indians in a detailed reconstruction of their assessment of the intruders. 
Paperback (February 1989)
Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521379814
 
Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
The Blood of Kings : Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
by Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller, Justin Kerr (Photographer)
Paperback Reprint edition (May 1992)
George Braziller; ISBN: 0807612782
 
A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs
(The Civilization of the American Indian Series, Vol 62)
by J. Eric S. Thompson, George E. Stuart
Paperback Reprint edition (March 1991)
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0806122609

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya
by Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube
Book Description: For a thousand years the dense rain forests of Central America concealed the ruins of one of the world's great civilizations, that of the ancient Maya. Early explorers found themselves in cities dominated by steep temple pyramids and fallen idols covered in unfathomable hieroglyphs. Since the mid-nineteenth century, scholars have tried to understand the mysterious people who produced one of the greatest flowerings of art and culture in the New World. Behind the ruined Maya cities and their abandoned artworks--the superb sculptures of Copan, the fine vase painting of Naranjo, the mighty pyramids of Tikal and Calakmul--lie the turbulent stories of their ruling dynasties. The recent tremendous progress in reading Maya hieroglyphs is now bringing this story into focus. Here is the first book to bring together and examine the greatest Maya dynasties in a single volume. Two of the world's leading experts in Maya hieroglyphic decipherment reveal the latest thinking on the nature of Maya divine kingship, statehood, and political authority, and describe the most recent readings and archaeological finds, including their own discoveries. 250 illustrations, 100 in color. 
Key features of the book include: 

* biographical accounts of 152 kings and four ruling queens;
* royal names spelled in hieroglyphs, plus datafiles listing lineage, spouses and children, and place of burial;
* special features and boxes, ranging from the supernatural journeys of the dead kings to the Maya ballgame;
* timelines providing at-a-glance visual guides to the length and key events of each reign. 
Hardcover - 240 pages (December )
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500051038

The Conquest of the Last Maya Kingdom
by Grant D. Jones
Paperback - 550 pages
Stanford Univ Pr; ISBN: 0804735220

Crazy February Death and Life in the Mayan Highlands
by Carter Wilson
Paperback (April 1974)
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520023994

A Forest of Kings : The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
by Linda Schele, David Freidel (Contributor)
The recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given us the first written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion. Now, two central figures in the massive effort to decode the glyphs, Linda Schele and David Freidel, make this history available for the first time in all its detail. A Forest of Kings is the story of Maya kingship, from the beginning of its institution and the first great pyramid builders two thousand years ago to the decline of Maya civilization and its destruction by the Spanish. Here the great historic rulers of Precolumbian civilization come to life again with the decipherment of the writing. At its height, Maya civilization flourished under great kings like Shield-Jaguar, who ruled for over sixty years, expanding his kingdom and building some of the most impressive works of architecture in the ancient world. Long placed on a mist-shrouded pedestal as austere, peaceful stargazers, the Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers or populous, aggressive city-states. Hailed as "a Rosetta Stone of Maya civilization" (Brian M. Fagan, author of People of the Earth), A Forest of Kings is "a must for interested readers," says Evon Vogt, professor of anthropology at Harvard University. 
Paperback - 542 pages Reprint edition (January 1992)
Quill; ISBN: 0688112048

How the Maya Built Their World : Energetics and Ancient Architecture
by Elliot M. Abrams
Paperback 1 Ed edition
Univ of Texas Pr; ISBN: 0292704623

Hidden Maya
by Martin Brennan
Paperback - 273 pages
Bear & Co; ISBN: 187918124X

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan
by John Lloyd Stephens, Karl Ackerman (Editor), Frederick Catherwood
A lively, eloquent guide to the Maya ruins of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, as entertaining today as when it was first published in 1843, Stephens' guide recounts his two trips made to the region between 1839 and 1842.
Listed under Yucatan

An Introduction to the Study of the Maya Hieroglyphs
by Sylvanus Griswold Morley
Best introduction to the topic—easily accessible to beginners. Extremely full in interpretation; very thorough in exposition of variants and unusual features, with reproductions of many inscriptions unavailable elsewhere. Material from Old and New Empires.
Paperback - 284 pages (February 1975)
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486231089

Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America
by David H. Childress
Listed under Lost Cities
 

The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art, and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood
The Lost Cities of the Mayas: The Life, Art, and Discoveries of Frederick Catherwood
by Fabio Bourbon
Book Description: Set in the unexplored jungles of Central America in the mid-1800s, this true-life adventure story will enthrall the armchair archaeologist. 

Recounted here for the first time is the adventurous life of Frederick Catherwood, the 19th-century English artist who discovered the lost Mayan cities in the jungles of Central America and the Yucatn plateau. In 1839 Catherwood and his American companion, John Lloyd Stephens, were the first Westerners to view the immense terraces, fabulous temples, and elaborate palaces that had been inexplicably abandoned ten centuries earlier. Superbly illustrated by Catherwood, Stephens' lively travel diaries recounting their extraordinary archaeological discoveries were published in 1841 and 1843. 

Using these journals and his own extensive research, author Fabio Bourbon has pieced together Catherwood's fascinating biography, which until now has been shrouded in mystery. Illustrating this handsome large-format book are more than 200 engravings made from Catherwood's original drawings. Also reproduced is Catherwood's Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatna rare color portfolio considered to be his best work. Catherwood's other adventures are also describedhis first trips to Europe and Egypt, his later expeditions to Central America, and finally his experiences in California. This intriguing book about an intrepid adventurer/artist will appeal to anyone interested in exploration, architecture, and archaeology. 

Hardcover from Abbeville Press, Inc.

 
The Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings
by David Drew
Hardcover - 384 pages (March )
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520226127
 
Maya
by Peter Schmidt (Editor), Enrique Nalda (Editor), Mercedes De LA Garza, Orefici
Early in their civilization, the Maya emerged as undisputed masters of astronomy, chronology, the recording of history, and mathematics. By A.D. 300 they had developed a system of hieroglyphic writing, a calendar, and the first major works of stone architecture. Their architecture was extraordinary in its marriage of astronomical, religious, civic, and engineering considerations and ideas. The Maya also excelled in decorative motifs, reliefs, and freestanding sculpture. Their painting in codices and wall frescoes and their ceramic designs are astonishing. At the height of the Maya civilization, the empire comprised lands that are now in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize. This unprecedented volume offers the most comprehensive view to date of the Maya civilization. More than thirty international scholars write on such themes as the mysterious religious myths and beliefs of the Maya, political organization, navigation and commerce, and all aspects of the culture's artistic and scientific expressions.
Hardcover - 800 pages (November )
Rizzoli International Publications; ISBN: 0847821293
 
Maya Glyphs (Reading the Past)
by S. D. Houston
Paperback - 64 pages (September 1989)
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520067711

The Maya and Teotihuacan : Reinterpreting Early Classic Interaction
by Geoffrey E. Braswell
Synopsis: Since the 1930s, archaeologists have uncovered startling evidence of interaction between the Early Classic Maya and the great empire of Teotihuacan in Central Mexico. Yet the exact nature of the relationship between these two ancient Mesoamerican civilizations remains to be fully deciphered. Many scholars have assumed that Teotihuacan colonized the Maya region and dominated the political or economic systems of certain key centers-perhaps even giving rise to state-level political organizations. Others argue that Early Classic rulers merely traded with Teotihuacan and skillfully manipulated its imported exotic goods and symbol sets to increase their prestige. Moving beyond these traditional assumptions, the contributors to this volume present extensive new evidence from archaeology, iconography and epigraphy to offer a more nuanced understanding of the interaction between the Early Classic Maya and Teotihuacan. Investigating a range of Maya sites, including Kaminaljuyu, Copan, Tikal, Altun Ha, and Oxkintok, they demonstrate that the influence of Teotihuacan on the Maya varied in nature and duration from site to site, requiring a range of models to explain the patterns of interaction. Moreover, they show that the interaction was bidirectional and discuss how the Maya in turn influenced Teotihuacan. 
Hardcover from Univ of Texas Press

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The Mystery of the Maya : Uncovering the Lost City of Palenque
The Mystery of the Maya : Uncovering the Lost City of Palenque
by Peter Lourie
School & Library Binding from Boyds Mills Pr
 
Maya Explorer: John Lloyd Stephens and the Lost Cities of Central America and the Yucatan
Maya Explorer: John Lloyd Stephens and the Lost Cities of Central America and the Yucatan
by Victor Wolfgang Von Hagen
Paperback from Chronicle Books
1990
 
Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
by Dennis Tedlock
Listed under Mayan Cosmology
 
Reading the Maya Glyphs
by Michael D. Coe, Mark Van Stone
Hardcover: 160 pages
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500051100; (November )
 
Rio Azul : An Ancient Maya City
by Richard E. W. Adams
Hardcover - 280 pages (April )
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0806130768
 
Secrets of Ancient Cultures: The Maya--Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land
Secrets of Ancient Cultures: The Maya--Activities and Crafts from a Mysterious Land
by Arlette N. Braman, Michele Nidenoff
Paperback from John Wiley & Sons
 
Secrets of the Maya
Secrets of the Maya
by Archaeology Magazine, Peter A. Young
Book Description: Unlock the mysteries of the Mayan world. Deep in the rain forests of South and Central America, the Mayan culture thrived for almost 4,000 years. From the earliest Mayan farmer in 2,600 BC through the thirteenth century AD, the Mayas developed an elaborate society, built great cities and temples, and created the only real system of writing native to the Americas. 

Although many of the intricacies of the Mayan culture remain shrouded in mystery, hundreds of new discoveries have come to light in recent years, and our body of knowledge about the Mayas has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, the most fascinating new discoveries have been compiled into one volume: Secrets of the Maya, a new book from the editors of Archaeology. 

From the discovery of ancient caves used for religious rituals—including human sacrifice—to the search for the long-lost "White City," Secrets of the Maya will take readers on an exciting and surprising archaeological journey. Featuring articles on the latest research, a comprehensive timeline, and a special section on Mayan hieroglyphs, Secrets of the Maya will appeal to experts and amateurs alike. 150 color and b/w photos. 
Hardcover from Hatherleigh Pr

 
Secrets of the Talking Jaguar: Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village
by Martin Prechtel, Robert Bly
Paperback from J. P. Tarcher
 
Star Gods of the Maya : Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies)
by Susan Milbrath
Listed under Mayan Cosmology
 
The World of the Ancient Maya
by John S. Henderson
Paperback - 352 pages 2nd edition (December )
Cornell Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801482844
 
The Yucatan : A Guide to the Land of Maya Mysteries Plus Sacred Sites at Belize, Tikal & Copan
by Antoinette May
Listed under Yucatan

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest
by William Gates (Editor), Diego De Landa (Editor)
Paperback - 162 pages (June 1978)
Dover Pubns; ISBN: 0486236226

An Archaeological Guide to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
by Joyce Kelly, Jerry Kelly (Photographer)
Paperback - 384 pages (October 1993)
Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0806125853
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Hidden Faces of the Maya
by Linda Schele, Jorge Perez De Lara (Photographer)
Hardcover - 184 pages 1 Ed edition (April )
Alti Pub; ISBN: 1883051169 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 14.53 x 8.21
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The Magnificent Maya (Lost Civilizations)
Time-Life Books(Editor), Dale M. Brown (Editor)
Hardcover
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The New Key to Cancun and the Yucatan (2nd Ed)
by Richard Harris, Glenn Kim (Illustrator), Nik Wheeler (Photographer), Fran Haselsteiner (Editor)
Paperback - 319 pages 2nd edition (November )
Ulysses Pr; ISBN: 1569750726
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Scribes, Warriors and Kings : The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya
by William L. Fash, Barbara W. Fash (Illustrator)
Paperback Reprint edition (May 1993)
Thames & Hudson; ISBN: 0500277087
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