Copan in modern Honduras was one of the great cities of the Classic Maya. Explorers found ruined temples, plazas, and more hieroglyphic inscriptions and sculpted monuments than in any other site in the New World. But the stones were silent, the script undeciphered. At last, an international team of scholars is solving the puzzle of Copan and the ancient Maya. William Fash shows how decipherment of the Maya inscriptions, together with new tomb finds, have unlocked the secrets of Copan's history. He describes the city's rise and fall, discusses all aspects of life in Copan, and presents photographs and drawings of the site's spectacular architecture, sculpture, and jade artifacts.
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William Fash is Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Since 1978 he and his wife Barbara have participated in a series of multidisciplinary research projects at Copán. He was awarded the Order of José Cecilio del Valle by the Government of Honduras in 1994 for his contributions to Maya archaeology.From Library Journal:
Written by an archaeologist for others in the profession, this book presents a short history of Copan, a well-excavated ruin in Honduras. Prevailing theory is that Mayan stelai commemorate real people and events. The researchers at Copan have recognized a dynasty of 16 kings beginning with K'inich Yax K'uk Mo' in 426 A.D. and ending with Yax Pac in 820 A.D. During those four centuries, the city-state of Copan rose, flourished, and declined. Fash, director of the Copan Mosaics Project, celebrates more than a century of work at this site: the reader learns as much about Mayan archaeological progress as about Copan. Magnificent photographs and drawings enliven a dry text. This excellent report from a major research site should be in all academic collections that support archaeology.
- Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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