Books on the Mayans

What are the best books on classical Mayan history and archaeology?
October 6, 2015 – 10:47 am
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For the best first hand account and only primary source you need to read:

Bartolome De Las Casas "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies"

He was literally there during the conquest and both observed and lived with the Maya while they were still alive. The book is a scathing criticism of the destruction of indigenous culture.

"Breaking the Maya Code" by Michael D. Coe is one of the best primers on the history and archaeology of the Maya. It has been released in several editions each of which incorporates ongoing research so you probably want to get your hands on the latest.

You definitely want to read the "Popol Vuh" which is the traditional Mayan creation myth. It survived the Spanish conquest intact and represents a direct look at their world view.

For a more in depth look at the archaeology of specific Maya sites get:
"Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya" Volumes I & II.

Finally and probably the one book you should get and read before the others (besides De Las Casas) is :
"A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya" It is a general text written by respected archaeologists and comprises the full history of the Mayan Empire.

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