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Classic Mayan Civilization
Stephen D. Houston

Anthropology 0052

Examines the history, culture, and society of the Classic Maya, with special emphasis on Preclassic precursors, dynasties, environmental adaptation, imagery, architecture, urban form, and the Maya Collapse.


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Web Based and Library Resources

Archaeological Projects in the Maya Area
Organizations and General Web Resources for the Study of Mayan Civilization
Key Print Resources | Recordings and Videos
Mesoamerican Map (pdf file)

Course Reserves at the Rockefeller and John Hay Libraries
Electronic Databases and Journals in Anthropology and Archaeology


Archaeological Projects in the Maya Area:


Caracol Archaeological Project, Belize

Aguateca Archaeological Project, Peten Region, Guatemala

Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance

Western Belize Regional Cave Project

Yaxuna Archaeology Project

Cihuatan. El Salvador's Ancient City

K'axob - Xarp: Discover Ancient Maya

The BRASS / El Pilar Program

The Vanderbilt Upper Pasion Archaeological Cave Survey

The Pakbeh Regional Economy Project. Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico >


Organizations and Web Resources:

FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.). Includes sections of maps of the areas, on Maya hieroglyphic writing, as well as a set of links to other Pre-Columbian sites.

MayaRuins.com. A photographic tour of sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, & Honduras.Copyright by Barbara McKenzie.

Mesoamerican Art Slide Collection. Dr. Manuel Aguilar, Califoronia State University Los Angeles.

Mesoamerican Photo Archives. Copyright David R. Hixson, Tulane University.

Ancient Middle America: The Maya. Tim Roufs, University of Minnesota, Duluth

Ancient Mesoamerican Architecture. Lowell S. Gustafson, Villanova University

Copan 1989-2000. Robert J. Sharer, University of Pennsylvania Museum

Maya Cosmos. Phil Hofstetter, CSU, Hayward

Mayan Epigraphic Database Project. Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.

Windows to the Universe: Mythology of the Mayas. University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, University of Michigan

Classic Maya Calendar and Day Numbering System. David Mills, University of Delaware

The Maya Murals of Bonampak. Peabody Museum, Yale University

Mesoamerican Gallery. University of Pennsylvania Museum

Maya Calendar. Maya World Studies Center, Yucatan


Recordings and Videos:

The vanishing Indians: Maya and Kekchi of Belize and Guatemala. (sound recording). Recorded in Belize and Columbia
Orwig Soundrecording M1684 .V36x 1900z

Edgewalker [videorecording] : a conversation with Linda Schele / Home Life Productions ; a film by Andrew Weeks, Simon Martin and Lori Conley. [United States?] : Home Life Productions, c1999.
A conversation with Linda Schele, looking at her life and her studies of Maya art, hieroglyphics and civilization.
Sciences Media Video F1435.3.A7 E34x 1999

Chac [videorecording] / a Milestone Film release ; writer, producer and director, Rolando Klein ; produced by Cientifilm Aurora S.A
Based on ritual and legends from the Popul vuh and Mayan stories, the film focuses on a small Tzeltal village during a terrible drought.
Sciences Media DVD PN1997 .C5143x 2001

Maya lords of the jungle [videorecording] / Public Broadcasting Associates, Inc. ; written, produced and directed by John Angier.
Studies Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico and Central America, including the architectural design and structure of the pyramids, and irrigation methods. Presents various speculations and theories as to why this civilization crumbled.
Sciences Media Video F1435 . M29x 1988

Lost King of the Maya:
the companion Web site to "Lost King of the Maya," originally broadcast on February 13, 2001. The film follows the work of archeologists who are using new excavations and hieroglyphic translations to interpret the early history of Copán, a Classic Maya site in northern Honduras. Includes a Map of the Maya World and a section on Reading Maya Hieroglyphs.
PBS/Nova Online

Electronic Databases and Journal in Anthropology and Archaeology:

Library Resource Guide for Anthropology

Databases by Subject: Anthropology

Selected Electronic Journals for Anthropology

Specific Recommended Databases, with Search Tips:

Anthropological Literature
Subject search: "maya"; review list of subject to refine search

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Art of the Ancient Americas
Search (scroll down) on "maya" to bring up 182 items from Maya culture

Grove Art Online
Type "mesoamerica" in the search block for the most comprehensive information. Note the Image Links, Illustrations, and Related Articles on the results page..