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Mayan Vase Further Reading

Student Symposium

Student Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 19. The Student Symposium schedule is available online.

Maya Vase Database
AA great resource with 360 scans of other Mayan vases of this type. Search the Maya Vase Database for Vessel K2023 for a vase similar to the example at the Logan.

Benson, Elizabeth P. ed. Maya Iconography. Princeton University Press, 1988.
An edited volume presenting the newest theories from the 1980s concerning iconography in Mayan art and its progression through time. Contributors are from archaeology, anthropology, art history, linguistics, astronomy, photography, and medicine.

Coe, Michael D. Breaking the Maya Code. Thames and Hudson, 1992.
Michael Coe, a major player in the translation of Maya logograms, follows the history of the translation process, highlighting key events that furthered the understanding of the Maya culture. He also helps readers with phonetic reading of glyphs.

Coe, Sophie D. The True History of Chocolate. Thames and Hudson, 2007.
A cultural and international history of chocolate, from its domestication in the Amazon to its spread across the world. The book looks holistically at the effects and uses of chocolate in societies through history as it spread from Mesoamerica.

Demarest, Arthur Andrew, Prudence M Rice, and Don Stephen Rice, eds. The Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation. University Press of Colorado, 2004.
This is an edited collection of articles dealing with the issue of the Terminal Classic in Maya history. Several archaeological sites are studied at the apparent time of collapse of the Classic Maya civilization, including Seibal, Petexbatun, Tikal, Uaxactun, and Calakmul, along with a variety of social factors in this downfall.

Kubler, George. The Art and Architecture of Ancient America; the Mexican, Maya, and Andean Peoples. Penguin Books, 1962.
Kubler writes a comprehensive guide to art and architecture in Mexico, Central America, and South America up to Western contact. Focus is on common iconography and visual strategies.

McNeil, Cameron L. ed. Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao. University Press of Florida, 2006.
An edited volume of articles chronicling the use of cacao in Mesoamerica. Articles cover the domestication and identification of cacao, and its use in Pre-Columbian cultures, Colonial cultures, and contempory Mesoamerica.

Reents-Budet, Dorie. Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period. Duke University Press, 1994.
Published to accompany the exhibition Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period. Essays chronicle the development of pottery painting, painters in the Maya culture, and functions, production, styles, themes, and preservation of pottery.

Taube, Karl A. Aztec and Maya Myths. University of Texas Press, 1993.
Taube translates major stories from the Popol Vuh in the context of both Maya and Aztec cultures, integrating the history from codices and examples of relevant symbolism from ceramics of the time.

Taube, Karl A. The Maya Maize God and the Mythic Origins of Dance.
Karl Taube explores the symbolism of dance among the ancient Maya through the images of Post Classic ceramics in this conference paper.