meilufay’s #CBR4 review #65 The Maya 8th Edition by Michael D. Coe
This book is the companion volume to Mexico from the Olmecs to the Aztecs by the same author. It details what we know (based mainly on archaeological finds) about Mayan culture, focusing primarily on the pre-Columbian civilizations. It is a fascinating, if slightly dry, book (I imagine it’s primarily used as a textbook). Mainly it details digs and ancient sites and what was found on these digs (there’s a lot of description of pottery and wall paintings). I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a basic text on the Maya. I imagine this book would be really handy for travelers planning on visiting some of the sites described in the book. In fact, there’s a short chapter at the end of the book that specifically addresses travel to Mexico and Guatemala to visit various Mayan sites. There’s not really much more to say about this book.