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Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens

Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

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The only comprehensive, kingdom-by-kingdom history of the ancient Maya, this Chronicle has now been revised and updated to include coverage of the most recent discoveries, from previously unknown rulers and new glyphic readings to expanded coverage of diplomacy and warfare


Deep in the dense rainforests of Central America lie the turbulent stories of the Maya monarchy, stories brought vividly to life in the Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, which is newly available in paperback.

Describing many of their own discoveries, two of the world’s leading experts in Maya hieroglyphs take the reader into a once-hidden history, setting out the latest thinking on the nature of Maya divine kingship, statehood and political authority, and describing all the most recent readings and archaeological finds. Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens combines groundbreaking research with a highly readable history, offering the reader a front-row seat in one of the most exciting and fast-developing areas of world archaeology.

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'Beautifully designed and illustrated … a handy guide to the latest in Maya written history'
American Archaeology

'An instant classic recognizable to specialists as an innovative contribution, and to general readers as a gripping account of a disappeared world'
Times Higher Education Supplement

'Offers rich details of the Mayan culture, politics and economics … Replete with informative sidebars, timelines, site maps and sketches, this text serves as the ideal reference on Maya archaeology'
Science News

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Revised Edition

Size: 25.4 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 366

Publication date: 14 April 2008

ISBN: 9780500287262

Contents List

Preface: Rediscovering the Maya Past • Introduction • The Dynasties – Tikal; Dos Pilas; Naranjo; Caracol; Calakmul; Yaxchilan; Piedras Negras; Palenque; Tonina; Copan; Quirigua • Epilogue

About the Author

Simon Martin is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Nikolai Grube is a Professor of Anthropology and Art History at the Universities of Texas and Bonn.