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Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization (Arthur Demarest) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521533904
Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization (Arthur Demarest) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) 9780521533904
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Title: Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization

Author: Demarest, Arthur

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521533904

Volumes: 1; Pages: 390

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Arthur Demarest brings the lost civilization of Maya to life by applying a holistic view to the most recently discovered archaeological evidence. His theoretical interpretation simultaneously emphasizes the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Drawing on data from the latest significant archaeological research in Central America, this new study appeals to those interested in the ecological bases of civilization, the function of the state and the causes of the collapse of civilizations.Contents1. The mystery and the challenge of the Ancient Maya2. Background: geography, chronology, and theoretical perspective3. The exploration and archaeology of the Maya: a brief history4. Obscure beginnings and the preclassic florescence5. The splinter of classic Maya florescence in the lowlands6. Settlement and subsistence: the rain forest adaptation7. Classic Maya economics8. Religion and ideology: beliefs and ritual of the theater state9. Classic Maya politics and history: the dynamics of the theater state10. The end of classic Maya civilization: collapse, transition, and transformation11. The legacy of the classic Maya civilization: postclassic, colonial, and modern traditions12. The lessons of Maya history and prehistory
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