Description : "For archaeologists, artists, art historians, and all lovers of art, expecially pre-Columbian art." -- Choice "... one of the better general pre-Columbian catalogues to appear in a long time." -- African Arts More than 150 examples of Olmec and Maya art are described in detail, discussed, and reproduced in magnificent full-color photographs. The collection is grouped into cultural and geographical sections to give a complete picture of the most significant civilizations of ancient Latin America.
Description : In Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, the author of The Atlantis Encyclopedia turns his sextant towards this hemisphere. Here is a collection of the most controversial articles selected from seventy issues of the infamous Ancient American magazine. They range from the discovery of Roman relics in Arizona and California's Chinese treasure, to Viking rune-stones in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the mysterious religions of ancient Americans.
Description : New Cover; This is the first English translation of a portion of Historia Antigua de Mexico written originally in Spanish by Don Mariano Fernandez de Echevarria Y Veytia (Mariano Veytia) 1720-1778, a celebrated Mexican historian. He relates the history, religious practices, calendars and astronomical calculations as he developed them from the charts, diagrams and paintings of the Native Americans. Fortunately, many of these records were hidden from the destruction of the early Spanish conquistadors. Read the fascinating history of the peoples who first came to the Americas, beginning with a group of seven families who left the Tower of Babel at the time of the confusion of tongues. the people of Guatemala recorded that their ancestors were Jews who had left Palestine, or that part of Arabia which is contiguous to the Red Sea. Read of the great civilizations that developed therefrom covering a period of approximately 2400 years. Consider their worship of the great creator God, their ceremonies, doctrines and practices that conformed to Christianity. Study the visit and teachings of a white, bearded man whom they called Quetzalcohuatl. Read of the eclipse and terrible earthquake at the time of the death of Jesus Christ. the reader acquainted with the Book of Mormon will find similar events and practices. Reflect on the ancient system of time as counted from the creation of the earth with specific years cited for the universal flood, the Tower of Babel, and the birth and death of Christ. Read also of the methods of counting the 13 day weeks, and the 28 week years. the regular year, similar to ours, had 365 days and the leap year, 366 days. These first Americans were far from sometimes designated barbarians.
Description : This first comprehensive work on women in precolumbian American cultures describes gender roles and relationships in North, Central, and South America from 12,000 B.C. to the 1500s A.D. Utilizing many key archaeological works, Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert redress some of the long-standing male bias in writing about ancient Native American lifeways. Bruhns and Stothert focus on several of the most thought-provoking areas of study in the Americas: the origins of agriculture, the development of complex societies, the evolution of religious systems, and the interpretation of art and mortuary materials. The authors pay particular attention to the problems of interpreting archaeological remains and the uses of historic and ethnographic evidence in reconstructing the past.
Description : A History of Latin America provides a comprehensive and unique introduction to latin american history, encompassing political and diplomatic theory, class structure and economic organization, culture and religion, and the environment. the integrating framework is the dependency theory, which, in light of today's global economy and the economic crises that have adversely affected many Latin American countries, continues to gain relevance. Spanning prehistoric times to the present, A History of Latin America is enriched with material drawn from anthropology, economics, and sociology. The eighth edition includes expanded coverage of social and cultural history and the latest scholarship, as well as substantial additions to pedagogy that include new focus questions, timelines, and bolded key terms that are defined in an expanded online glossary. Additionally, translated primary source documents are now included on the student website.
Description : Many of the 13 essays in this collection originate from the archaeology symposia of the Society for Latin American Studies held at Bradford University in 1989; others have been commissioned from people engaged in research in Central and South America. Subjects include the Aztec Cihuateteo, political stratification in Classic Maya society, shamanism and sculpture in Ancient West Mexico, underwater archaeolocical research in Bolivia, Inca ceremonial platforms in central Chile, early Inca architecture in Peru, fabrics of the Atacamba.
Description : Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.
Description : Does Colorado’s Grand Canyon hide an ancient city found by a Smithsonian Institution photographer? Did the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World using a fiber-optic navigational instrument? Who built a colossal water reservoir in Iowa long before the first European settlers arrived? What secret have the “Giants of the California Desert” preserved for more than a thousand years? These are just some of the intriguing questions posed and answered by expert researchers in Unearthing Ancient America. They go on to tackle a broad variety of archaeological enigmas shunned as too heretical for consideration by conventional scholars—a Roman figurine found off the New Jersey coast, North African gold in Illinois from a long-vanished kingdom, an Egyptian knife removed from a centuries-old tree in California, a fifth century Christian church in Connecticut, a prehistoric harbor underwater in the Bahamas, Easter Island’s cultural connections with pre-modern Japan, and voyagers to Maine from Stone Age Scotland. Unearthing Ancient America contains a wealth of fresh, occasionally suppressed evidence documenting the tremendous impact made on our continent by overseas visitors hundreds and even thousands of years before Columbus. The disclosures presented here re-write the prehistory of our country and provide a dramatic panorama of the past you never imagined before. The distinguished list of contributing writers to Unearthing Ancient America includes: Wayne May, founder and publisher of Ancient American magazine Gunnar Thompson, PhD, author of American Discovery Nobuhiro Yoshida, language professor from the University of Kyushu William Donato, the world’s leading authority on the “Bimini Road” David Hatcher Childress, founder of The World Explorers Club and head of Adventures Unlimited Press.