Recovering Maya Civilisation

Norman Hammond

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264249
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734045 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Recovering Maya Civilisation

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This lecture discusses three successive themes in relation to recovering Maya civilisation. The first is the origins of a settled society, and the second is the emergence of a complex literate civilisation in the latter part of the first millennium BC in the Maya lowlands. The third theme is the wider understanding of that culture's apogee in tenth century AD. The lecture sheds new light on the understanding of the Mayan culture. It looks at some factors of Mayan culture and everyday life, such as their hieroglyphic writing, rituals and structures. The information was based on the various archaeological digs and excavations conducted in the area where the Mayan civilisation was believed to exist.

Keywords: themes; Maya civilisation; settled society; culture's apogee; Mayan culture; hieroglyphic writing; rituals; structures

Chapter.  10624 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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