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The Maya has long been established as the best, most accessible introduction to the New World's greatest ancient civilization. Coe and Houston update this classic by distilling the latest scholarship for the general listener and student.

This new edition incorporates the most recent archaeological and epigraphic research, which continues to proceed at a fast pace. Among the finest new discoveries are spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul, which reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty and the founding of dynasties. Dramatic refinements in our understanding of the pace of developments of the Maya civilization have led scholars to perceive a pattern of rapid bursts of building and political formation. Other finds include the discovery of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, recovered from an underwater cavern in the Yucatan peninsula, along with new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal.

©1966, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, and 2011 Michael D. Coe; this edition copyright 2015 by Michael D. Coe and Stephen Houston (P)2020 Tantor
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Great but you need to be aware of the sites on a map

Greatly enjoyed. Not hard to understand except you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the locations on a map. Very well structured and narrated.

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Don't Skip This Book

If you're interesting in the Mayan civilization(s) and Mayan history in general you will love this book. My only problem with the book is that it's not twice as long, Because it looks and sounds like a textbook with the original edition being published half a century ago I worried it would be out of date and overly pedantic to the average listener, it wasn't at all. Some people might need a map of the cities being discussed at times if they're unfamiliar with the Mayan sites but it's easy enough to Google and follow along. I put off getting this book for months and now it's my favorite I've listened to in months.

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Dr. Michael Coe was the best

Dr. Coe will be missed by anyone who has a love for Mayan archeology. I listened to hours at a time to this book. I plan on playing it again soon.

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Outstanding overall look at the Maya

Comprehensive while being very accessible to the casual student of mesoamerica. A great place to start a more focused study of the subject.