Michael D. Coe and Stephen Houston Thames & Hudson Published: 18 May 2015 Price: £16.95
It is good to see another update to the Thames & Hudson’s best selling introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilisation.
Due to the results of new research, the book has been extensively revised alongside technological advances in paleonutrition, new research into Maya glyphs and iconography, and recent discoveries of astonishing murals and spectacular stucco sculptures dating back two millennia.
The book yields new insight into the character of the Maya, elucidating the significance of numerology, astronomy, and the cosmos to this ancient people.
In the later sections of the book, the authors celebrate the persistence of Mayan identity in the face of Spanish-American encroachment and environmental change. They also helpfully list the ‘must-see’ sites of the Maya: Palenque, Yaxchilan, Uxmal and Chichen Itza.
Drawing on pre-eminent historical and archaeological scholarship, this book is a brilliant guide to a truly amazing civilisation.