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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264249

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.001.0001

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Recovering Maya Civilisation

Recovering Maya Civilisation

Albert Reckitt Archaeological Lecture

(p.361) Recovering Maya Civilisation
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Norman Hammond

British Academy

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

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