By Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

ISBN-10: 0500287260

ISBN-13: 9780500287262

The right reference on Maya archaeology.—Science NewsBehind the traditional towns of the Maya and their deserted artistic endeavors lie the turbulent tales in their ruling dynasties. one of many world's maximum and strongest civilizations, the Maya skilled consistent clash in a panorama divided between quite a few kingdoms. excessive rivalries, rapacious conquerors, and repeated dynastic defeat and breakdown are universal subject matters in lots of stories of this effective civilization. the traditional Maya stay probably the most vivid components of research in global archaeology. clean discoveries within the box, including the continued strategy of hieroglyphic decipherment, suggest that details is continually coming to gentle. This re-creation of the single finished, kingdom-by-kingdom background of the traditional Maya brings the tale absolutely brand new with formerly unknown rulers and new glyphic readings, in addition to additional info on international relations and battle. 366 illustrations, 86 in colour

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It is consciously archaic in style and largely a copy of Stela 29 from 150 years earlier. His complex headgear carries the crest of Yax Ehb Xook, making his claims of dynastic revival explicit Ion two vase texIS he lists himself as 16th in his tine)Y In his right hand he holds aloft a headdress which, though Maya in form, bears a tiny medallion with the Teot ihuaean emblem of owl, sh ield and spears, making it some kind of composi te crown linked with his grandfather. His father Yax Nuun Ahiin is shown three times on the monument.

N dates lA the here and now. ay charting these we CM see that the dynastIC traclitton was tnttlally slow to spread hom the central Peten. but ga,ned considerable impetus after the Mex,can entrada Onc of the last legible events is the death of his grandfather Spcarthrower Owl in 439, by then a grand old man. 1\1 The full extent of TikaJ's domain at this time is difficult to gauge. Its great size and cultural energy have been secn to denote some kind of 'leadership' of the lowland Early Classic, and we cannot doubt its preeminent place in the New Order scheme.

T he re may be some connection between this e1(tended interval and the condition of the body, whic h was tightly bundled but missing its head and, it seems, its ha nds too. Whether this points to a violent death, o r to some poorl y understood ri tual purpose, is hard to de termine. The king's original mo rt uary shri ne, the first Temple 33, was soon remodelled and its stucco decorat ion replaced by a new programme of mas ks and panels. sce panel). a 31 was dragged up to the former sanctuary, set almost di rectly above the deeply buried tomb and, accompanied by much burning and smashing of IXIts, sealed within the new pyramid.

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