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Champotón
Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya (2015)
  • Jerald D. Ek, Western Washington University
Abstract
Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya offers an A-to-Z overview of the ancient Maya culture from its inception around 3000 BC to the Spanish Conquest after AD 1600. Over two hundred entries written by more than sixty researchers explore subjects ranging from food, clothing, and shelter to the sophisticated calendar and now-deciphered Maya writing system. They bring special attention to environmental concerns and climate variation; fresh understandings of shifting power dynamics and dynasties; and the revelations from emerging field techniques (such as LiDAR remote sensing) and newly explored sites (such as La Corona, Tamchen, and Yaxnohkah).

This one-volume reference is an essential companion for students studying ancient civilizations, as well as a perfect resource for those planning to visit the Maya area. Cross-referencing, topical and alphabetical lists of entries, and a comprehensive index help readers find relevant details. Suggestions for further reading conclude each entry, while sidebars profile historical figures who have shaped Maya research. Maps highlight terrain, archaeological sites, language distribution, and more; over fifty photographs complement the volume.
Keywords
  • Champotón,
  • The Ancient Maya
Publication Date
2015
Editor
Walter R. T. Witschey
Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Citation Information
Jerald D. Ek. "Champotón" Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jerald-ek/2/