Maya Architecture

Author: Kenneth Treister
Publisher:
ISBN: 0813042461
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Architecture

A discussion of Maya buildings through the eyes of an architect.

Historical Dictionary of Architecture

Author: Allison Lee Palmer
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442263093
Release Date: 2016-05-26
Genre: Architecture

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Architecture contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on architects, famous structures, types of materials, and the different architectural styles.

Pre Columbian America

Author: Kathleen Kuiper Manager, Arts and Culture
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
ISBN: 9781615301508
Release Date: 2010-08-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Presents a history of ancient American civilizations prior to the arrival of Columbus, discussing history, agriculture, religion, architecture, art, and politics.

Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Author: Lynn V. Foster
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195183630
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

This comprehensive and accessible reference explores the greatest and most mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to science, mathematics, and technology. Each chapter is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as photos, original line drawings, and maps.

To Be Like Gods

Author: Matthew G. Looper
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292778184
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Social Science

The Maya of Mexico and Central America have performed ritual dances for more than two millennia. Dance is still an essential component of religious experience today, serving as a medium for communication with the supernatural. During the Late Classic period (AD 600-900), dance assumed additional importance in Maya royal courts through an association with feasting and gift exchange. These performances allowed rulers to forge political alliances and demonstrate their control of trade in luxury goods. The aesthetic values embodied in these performances were closely tied to Maya social structure, expressing notions of gender, rank, and status. Dance was thus not simply entertainment, but was fundamental to ancient Maya notions of social, religious, and political identity. Using an innovative interdisciplinary approach, Matthew Looper examines several types of data relevant to ancient Maya dance, including hieroglyphic texts, pictorial images in diverse media, and architecture. A series of case studies illustrates the application of various analytical methodologies and offers interpretations of the form, meaning, and social significance of dance performance. Although the nuances of movement in Maya dances are impossible to recover, Looper demonstrates that a wealth of other data survives which allows a detailed consideration of many aspects of performance. To Be Like Gods thus provides the first comprehensive interpretation of the role of dance in ancient Maya society and also serves as a model for comparative research in the archaeology of performance.

Ancient Maya

Author: Arthur Demarest
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521533902
Release Date: 2004-12-09
Genre: History

Ancient Maya comes to life in this new holistic and theoretical study.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

Author: Asa Simon Mittman
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
ISBN: 1472418018
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Art

The field of monster studies has grown significantly over the past few years and this companion provides a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous from historical, regional and thematic perspectives. The collection reflects the truly multi-disciplinary nature of monster studies, bringing in scholars from literature, art history, religious studies, history, classics, and cultural and media studies. The companion will offer scholars and graduate students the first comprehensive and authoritative review of this emergent field.

Archaeoastronomy and the Maya

Author: Gerardo Aldana y V.
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 9781782976431
Release Date: 2014-05-30
Genre: Social Science

Archaeoastronomy and the Maya illustrates archaeoastronomical approaches to ancient Mayan cultural production. The book is contextualized through a history of archaeoastronomical investigations into Mayan sites, originating in the 19th century discovery of astronomical tables within hieroglyphic books. Early 20th century archaeological excavations revealed inscriptions carved into stone that also preserved astronomical records, along with architecture that was built to reflect astronomical orientations. These materials provided the basis of a growing professionalized archaeoastronomy, blossoming in the 1970s and expanding into recent years. The chapters here exemplify the advances made in the field during the early 21st century as well as the on-going diversity of approaches, presenting new perspectives and discoveries in ancient Mayan astronomy that result from recent studies of architectural alignments, codices, epigraphy, iconography, ethnography, and calendrics. More than just investigations of esoteric ancient sciences, studies of ancient Mayan astronomy have profoundly aided our understanding of Mayan worldviews. Concepts of time and space, meanings encoded in religious art, intentions underlying architectural alignments, and even methods of political legitimization are all illuminated through the study of Mayan astronomy.

Space and Sculpture in the Classic Maya City

Author: Alexander Parmington
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107002340
Release Date: 2011-03-31
Genre: Art

Examines how images, texts and architectural form controlled movement of people through the various precincts in Classic Maya cities.

Mesoamerican Architecture as a Cultural Symbol

Author: Jeff Karl Kowalski
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015047441319
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Architecture

In this collection, prominent scholars provide new interpretations and useful syntheses of many of the most significant Mesoamerican architectural traditions from the Preclassic to the Postclassic periods. The essays examine the built environment as a carrier of cultural meanings. The many pyramid-temples, palaces, and ballcourts comprising Mesoamerican centers were constructed in the context of hierarchical societies, and provided monumental expressions of elite authority. The design of individual buildings, as well as the layout of site plans, often embodied Mesoamerican beliefs about the structure of the cosmos, natural forces, or the numinous power of landscape forms, thus providing sanction for the sociopolitical order.

Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy

Author: Giulio Magli
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387765662
Release Date: 2009-04-09
Genre: Science

The book is divided into two parts. In the first, the reader is taken on an ideal ‘world tour’ of many wonderful and enigmatic places in almost every continent, in search of traces of astronomical knowledge and lore of the sky. In the second part, Giulio Magli uses the elements presented in the tour to show that the fundamental idea which led to the construction of the astronomically-related giant monuments was the foundation of power, a foundation which was exploited by ‘replicating’ the sky. A possible interpretive model then emerges that is founded on the relationship the ancients had with “nature”, in the sense of everything that surrounded them, the cosmos. The numerous monumental astronomically aligned structures of the past then become interpretable as acts of will, expressions of power on the part of those who held it; the will to replicate the heavenly plane here on earth and to build sacred landscapes. Finally, having formulated his hypothesis, Professor Magli returns to visit one specific place in detail, searching for proof. This in-depth examination studies the most compelling, the most intensively studied, the most famous and, until recently, the most misunderstood sacred landscape on the planet - Giza, in Egypt. The archaeoastronomical analysis of the orientation of the Giza pyramids leads to the hypothesis that the pyramids of Cheops and Chephren belong to the same construction project.

Star and Sky

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: UCSC:32106020679806
Release Date: 1979
Genre: Astronomy


Maya Script

Author: María Longhena
Publisher: Abbeville Press
ISBN: UOM:39015049564654
Release Date: 2000
Genre: History

By the time Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in the sixteenth century, Maya cities had long since fallen into a state of decay and abandonment. Europeans were impressed by the painted books of the Maya but concluded that they did not have a system of writing because no alphabetic value could be given to their script. This impression remained in the West until recently when researchers finally succeeded in deciphering the written record of the Mayas. Maya Script presents about 200 Maya glyphs (symbolic figures). Some are ideograms (pictorial symbols representing things, not words); others are phonetic signs. The glyphs express people, animals, things, and such abstract concepts as death. Each one opens a window onto fragments of everyday life, religious beliefs, or even emotions. The complexity of the Maya calendar, mathematical computations, and astronomy reveals a highly developed civilization. This book also features two-color drawings of the glyphs, illustrations from reliefs and Spanish codices, and examples of Maya sculpture and paintings. Concluding the book is a chapter on writing systems of the New World, a list of museums to visit, a bibliography, and an index of glyphs. This informative book is a travelogue back in time for anyone intrigued by ancient civilizations.