Classic Maya Political History: Hieroglyphic and Archaeological Evidence

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T. Patrick Culbert
Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 396 pages
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Ancient Maya civilization once flourished in the rainforests of what is today southern Mexico and Central America. It possessed the only full system of writing ever to be developed in the Americas. The pace of decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has accelerated, and within the last decade half of the inscriptions from the sites of the Classic Period (AD 250–900) have been translated. Much of the newly available information consists of historical records of the careers of Maya rulers of the time. This volume is the first to present in detail the results of decipherment and to consider the implications of a Classic Maya written history. Contributors examine the way in which the Maya elite created the kinship, alliance, warfare and ceremonial networks on which the civilisation was founded. Drawing upon important material recently made available, they have transformed our understanding of the Maya.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Classic Maya Emblem Glyphs
19
Prehistoric polities of the Pasion region hieroglyphic texts and their archaeological settings
30
An epigraphic history of the western Maya region
70
Cycles of growth at Tikal
100
Polities in the northeast Peten Guatemala
126
Dynastic history and cultural evolution at Copan Honduras
145
Diversity and continuity in Maya civilization Quirigua as a case study
178
Elite interaction during the Terminal Classic period new evidence from Chichen Itza
197
Royal visits and other intersite relationships among the Classic Maya
224
Inside the black box defining Maya polity
251
Maya elite interaction through a glass sideways
283
Maya political history and elite interaction a summary view
309
References
345
Index
377
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