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Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, Eighth edition): Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz, Javier Urcid Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, Eighth edition)
Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz, Javier Urcid
R516 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R109 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This authoritative volume has been revised throughout and expanded, with stunning new images and accounts of the major discoveries of recent years. Recent findings have been added to expand our understanding of the Olmecs outside of their heartland, and new research on the legacy of the Maya offers a wider and more cohesive narrative of Mexico's history. New co-author Javier Urcid has added greater coverage of Oaxaca and of Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica and the center of the Zapotec civilization, and a fully revised Epilogue discusses the survival of indigenous populations in Mexico from the Conquest up to the present. This longstanding classic now features full-colour photos of the vibrant art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica throughout.

The True History of Chocolate (Paperback, Third edition): Sophie D. Coe, Michael D. Coe The True History of Chocolate (Paperback, Third edition)
Sophie D. Coe, Michael D. Coe
R308 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R94 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Chocolate - 'the food of the Gods' - has had a long and eventful history. Its story is expertly told here by the doyen of Maya studies, Michael Coe, and his late wife, Sophie. The book begins 3,000 years ago in the Mexican jungles and goes on to draw on aspects of archaeology, botany and socio-economics. Used as currency and traded by the Aztecs, chocolate arrived in Europe via the conquistadors, and was soon a favourite drink with aristocrats. By the 19th century and industrialization, chocolate became a food for the masses - until its revival in our own time as a luxury item. Chocolate has also been giving up some of its secrets to modern neuroscientists, who have been investigating how flavour perception is mediated by the human brain. And, finally, the book closes with two contemporary accounts of how chocolate manufacturers have (or have not) been dealing with the ethical side of the industry.

Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Hardcover, Second edition): Michael D. Coe, Damian Evans Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Hardcover, Second edition)
Michael D. Coe, Damian Evans
R671 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R156 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia has fascinated scholars and visitors alike since its rediscovery in the mid-19th century. All are wonderstruck by the beauty and multiplicity of the sculptures that adorn its temples and structures and are overwhelmed by the sheer size of Angkor. There is nothing to equal it in the archaeological world. A great deal was already known about the history of Angkor and the brilliant Khmer civilization that built it thanks to pioneering work by archaeologists and scholars, but our knowledge has now been completely revolutionized by cutting-edge technology. Airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) has revealed entire cities that were previously unknown and a complex urban landscape with highways and waterways, profoundly transforming our interpretations of the development and supposed decline of Angkor. In this comprehensively updated edition of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, respected archaeologist Michael Coe is joined by Damian Evans, who led this remarkable programme of scientific exploration, to present for the first time in book form the results and implications of these ground-breaking discoveries that are rewriting history.

Reading the Maya Glyphs (Paperback, Second edition): Michael D. Coe, Mark Van Stone Reading the Maya Glyphs (Paperback, Second edition)
Michael D. Coe, Mark Van Stone
R351 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R32 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics can now be read with confidence. In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments. After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises.

Breaking the Maya Code (Paperback, Third edition): Michael D. Coe Breaking the Maya Code (Paperback, Third edition)
Michael D. Coe
R416 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R81 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Third Edition of this classic account of the inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time - the last great decipherment of an ancient script - revised and brought right up to date with the latest developments. 113 illustrations bring to life the people and texts that have enabled us to read the Maya script. The original edition, which sold over 40,000 copies in English, was hailed as `a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries between academic and popular writing'. `Coe's thrilling account of the cracking of Mayan is like a detective story ... great stuff' - The Observer `Told with great vigour by Professor Michael Coe, who was himself involved; he offers an insider's story with strong views of the personalities, competence and abilities of some colleagues' - History Today `An entertaining, enlightening and even humorous history of the great searchers after the meaning that lies in the Maya inscriptions' - Anthony Burgess

The Maya (Paperback, Ninth edition): Michael D. Coe, Stephen Houston The Maya (Paperback, Ninth edition)
Michael D. Coe, Stephen Houston
R474 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R93 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Coe and Houston update this classic account of the New World's greatest ancient civilization, incorporating the most recent research in a fast-changing field. New discoveries of spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty; the `Classic' Maya themselves can be understood as occupants of royal courts, full of Machiavellian intrigue yet operating in close communion with gods and cosmos. Just-discovered texts at Xultun show a strong concern with astronomy and numerology, as well as evidence of lost books. Other finds include the discovery in an underwater cavern of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, and new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal. The Maya highlights the vitality of current scholarship into this brilliant civilization.

Understanding Rationalization And How It Limits Life (Paperback): Michael D. Coe Understanding Rationalization And How It Limits Life (Paperback)
Michael D. Coe
R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Funerary Temple Among The Classic Maya (Paperback): Michael D. Coe The Funerary Temple Among The Classic Maya (Paperback)
Michael D. Coe
R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Article From Southwestern Journal Of Anthropology, V12, No. 4, Winter, 1956.

Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Paperback, New edition): Michael D. Coe Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Paperback, New edition)
Michael D. Coe
R620 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R97 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Classic-period kings ruled over the Khmer empire from AD 802 for more than five centuries, and this book, newly available in paperback, examines the massive architectural achievements of this period, including the huge capital city of Angkor, with the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious structure. It also draws attention to the imperial road system that bound together the region's provincial centres. The gigantic hydraulic system, still a source of controversy, is believed by many to have provided the agricultural basis of Angkor's grandeur and power, and its nature and function are discussed here. The final chapter describes the Post-Classic period that set the stage for the entry of the Khmer into the modern era.

Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs (Hardcover): Vincent A. Simeone Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs (Hardcover)
Vincent A. Simeone; Photographs by Bruce Curtis; Foreword by Michael A. Dirr; Introduction by Michael D. Coe
R628 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R189 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With stunning color photos throughout, this gardening guide describes more than 50 types of the best flowering shrubs and details their use in home landscaping. Shrubs are arranged by genus, separated into deciduous flowering and notable evergreen shrubs, and listed with the common name; size and shape; foliage color, shape, and texture; flower and fruit (if any); soil, nutrient, and light needs; pruning needs for maximum growth and/or flower; and USDA Hardiness Zones. Details of specific species, cultivars, and varieties that lead to exceptional size, color, flower, hardiness, and durability are also included. Helpful hints on soil types, watering, pest control, and pruning explore how best to plant and care for any shrub. The appendix includes lists of nurseries, web sites for further information, and an extensive index and bibliography.

Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, Seventh edition): Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, Seventh edition)
Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz
R565 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Michael Coe's Mexico, long recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region's ancient civilizations, has now been completely revised by Professor Coe and Rex Koontz. This seventh edition explores how several spectacular new discoveries have thrown more light on the Olmec culture, Mexico's earliest civilization. At the great city of Teotihuacan, recent investigations in the earliest monumental pyramid indicate the antiquity of certain sacrificial practices and the symbolism of the pyramid. The Huastec region of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico gets a much fuller accounting than in previous editions. Further discoveries in the sacred precinct of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan have allowed us to refine our understanding of the history and symbolism of this hallowed area.

The Blood of Kings - Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Paperback): Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller The Blood of Kings - Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Paperback)
Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller; Photographs by Justin Kerr; Foreword by Emily J Sano; Preface by Michael D. Coe
R868 R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Save R87 (10%) Out of stock

This classic study of the ancient Maya reveals a culture as rich as the ancient civilizations of Europe, the Middle East, and the Orient.

Royal Cities of Ancient Maya (Hardcover, New): Michael D. Coe Royal Cities of Ancient Maya (Hardcover, New)
Michael D. Coe; Photographs by Barry Brukoff
R1,085 R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Save R117 (11%) Out of stock

The Maya are of enormous and abiding fascination to anybody interested in archaeology, ancient history, astronomy, or the visual arts. From the 3rd century BC to the 14th century AD, while Europe was deep in the Dark and Middle Ages, the Maya were producing astonishing sculpture, stelae, and wall murals, and building magnificent temples, palaces, tombs, and ball courts. Now, in this extraordinary volume pairing a leading Maya scholar and one of the world's finest photographers of ancient sites, the rich cultural heritage of the Maya is brought vividly and authoritatively to life.
Author Michael Coe traces the rise and fall of Maya civilization through its great royal cities, from El Mirador, the largest and oldest, to the rival city-states of the Classical period such as Tikal, Calakmul, Yaxchilan, Palenque, Tonina, and Copan. He then moves on to the great cities of the Terminal Classic period; at a time when the mighty centers of the southern lowlands were in a steep decline, cities to the north such as Uxmal and Kabah achieved a pinnacle of architectural beauty. After that he turns to the Postclassic period and Chichen Itza in central Yucatan, a huge, cosmopolitan city that flourished during a military and cultural takeover by the Toltecs of central Mexico. Through convincing analysis of archaeological evidence, new readings, of artifacts, reliefs, and murals, Professor Coe untangles the complex sequences of internecine ritual warfare that eventually weakened Maya civilization.
Illustrating Coe's riveting history of these remarkable polities, the powerful dynasties that led them, and the political intrigues and armed conflicts that threatened their existence, are the exceptionally evocative photographs of Barry Brukoff, whose color and sepia imagery recalls the lithographs of the early-nineteenth-century artist and explorer Frederick Catherwood.
Praise for "Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya"
"This book takes us on a three-thousand-year journey through Maya history, from nascent agrarian communities to coastal shrines of Yucatan on the eve of the Spanish conquest. Along the way, we visit the major centers of ancient Maya civilization, and in each locale we are given a unique private tour of its remarkable art and architecture through Barry Brukoff's masterly photographs. Our guide on this epic journey is Michael Coe, whose vivid account is informed by vast knowledge of Mesoamerican culture. Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya is an experience not to be missed."--Professor Andrea Stone, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"A sumptuous presentation of all things Maya. The architecture, art, and history of this extraordinary people are covered in great detail, from the first farmers to the arrival of the Spaniards. During this long interval of some 3500 years, the Maya created one of the most distinctive of ancient civilizations, here wonderfully revealed by Michael Coe, a leading authority in the field, and the superb photographs of Barry Brukoff. Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya is a feast for the eye and the mind for the scholar and the general reader alike."--Dr. David L. Webster, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
"Stunning photographs by Barry Brukoff illuminate insights and smart prose from Michael Coe, one of the most knowledgeable scholars of the ancient Maya, in Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya. For both general readers and specialists, this highly readable book offers wonderful surprises, along with the latest and most up-to-date interpretations. No bookshelf should be without it."--Dr. Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College, Sterling Professor of Art, History of Art of the Ancient New World, author of The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec
"This book is glorious. Panoramic in two senses, it offers masterful commentary by Michael Coe, doyen of Mayanist scholars, along with B

Final Report - An Archaeologist Excavates His Past (Hardcover): Michael D. Coe Final Report - An Archaeologist Excavates His Past (Hardcover)
Michael D. Coe
R620 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

"A moving autobiography, an exciting account of the rediscovery of vanished civilizations, and unforgettable portraits of the argumentative archaeologists who made those rediscoveries. Enjoy!"--Jared Diamond
For more than four decades, Michael Coe has been at the forefront of American archaeology. His research on the Olmecs and the Maya has had a decisive effect on the way we think about Mesoamerican culture, and his acclaimed books have introduced archaeology to a popular audience. Now, in an act of personal excavation, Michael Coe looks back on a remarkably diverse life.
For one whose life's work meant overturning many previously held assumptions about the past, Coe's early years were quite traditionally American. The Coes were a well-to-do Long Island family, and Michael was born to a privileged lifestyle. He was an indifferent student in college, and it took some time before he settled on archaeology--time that was occupied by a stint in the CIA, stationed on the China coast and in Taiwan, and travels to Thailand and Sri Lanka.
Beginning in 1955, when Coe entered the Graduate School of Harvard University, he committed himself to the civilizations of ancient America. He worked on the front line of a generation of archaeological discovery, research, and interpretation that has profoundly altered and enhanced our vision of ancient Mesoamerica. His quest to penetrate archaeological puzzles and mysteries has led him on some extraordinary adventures: digging in remote Guatemala in grueling conditions; investigating, dating, and defining the little-known Olmec culture.
Coe has always had plenty of enthusiasm to spare--for his wife, Sophie, and five children, and thedilapidated Massachusetts farmhouse that they restored; for art collecting; for fly fishing (an obsession that has taken him from the tropics to Siberia); and for travel--to Russia under Brezhnev, to Angkor Wat after the Khmer Rouge. Now, with the publication of his memoirs, the general public will recognize what his colleagues have always known: here is a man of brilliance, humor, and charm, who has lived his life as an ebullient adventure. 41 illustrations.

Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, 8th ed.): Michael D. Coe, Javier Urcid, Rex Koontz Mexico - From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Paperback, 8th ed.)
Michael D. Coe, Javier Urcid, Rex Koontz
R623 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R124 (20%) Out of stock
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Hardcover): Michael D. Coe, Damian Evans Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Hardcover)
Michael D. Coe, Damian Evans
R824 R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Save R86 (10%) Out of stock
Swords and Hilt Weapons (Hardcover): Victor Harris, Michael D. Coe, Peter Connolly, Anthony Harding, Donald J LaRocca, Anthony... Swords and Hilt Weapons (Hardcover)
Victor Harris, Michael D. Coe, Peter Connolly, Anthony Harding, Donald J LaRocca, …
R878 R701 Discovery Miles 7 010 Save R177 (20%) Out of stock

"Swords and Hilt Weapons" is the most comprehensive guide to nearly 4,000 years of sword making from all over the world. Written by a distinguished team of experts, it provides an indepth appraisal of the weapons themselves and is rich in historical and background detail. Fully illustrated throughout, this is a unique survey of a vast body of superb craftsmanship. An essential reference work for weapons enthusiasts, collectors, and lovers of military history and art.

The True History of Chocolate (Paperback, Third edition): Sophie D. Coe, Michael D. Coe The True History of Chocolate (Paperback, Third edition)
Sophie D. Coe, Michael D. Coe 1
R405 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R81 (20%) Out of stock

Chocolate - 'the food of the Gods' - has had a long and eventful history. Its story is expertly told here by the doyen of Maya studies, Michael Coe, and his late wife, Sophie. The book begins 3,000 years ago in the Mexican jungles and goes on to draw on aspects of archaeology, botany and socio-economics. Used as currency and traded by the Aztecs, chocolate arrived in Europe via the conquistadors, and was soon a favourite drink with aristocrats. By the 19th century and industrialization, chocolate became a food for the masses - until its revival in our own time as a luxury item. The third edition of this classic book includes some tantalizing new data on the first cultivation of the cacao tree in the northwest Amazon, and the discovery of the chocolate process in southern Mesoamerica, long before the rise of the Olmecs. Chocolate has also been giving up some of its secrets to modern neuroscientists, who have been investigating how flavour perception is mediated by the human brain. And, finally, the book closes with two contemporary accounts of how chocolate manufacturers have (or have not) been dealing with the ethical side of the industry.

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