BOOK RE­VIEW

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CONTENTS -

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.

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