Chichen Itza and it Cenote of Sacrifice: A Comparitive Study of Contemporaneous Maya and Toltec

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Author: Tozzer, Alfred Marston (1877-1954)

Year: 1957

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Place: Cambridge


2 Volumes: viii+230+[2 adds]pp with frontispiece; [231]-316+[2 adds]pp with 709 figures, bibliography, appendix and index. Folio (14 1/4" x 11 1/4") issued in grey cloth with black lettering to spine and covers. Memoirs of the Peabody Musuem of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Volumes XI and XII. 1st edition.

This Memoir presents that part of the history of Chichen Itz which covers the period of its contact with Mexico and with other contemporaneous centers in Middle America. Landa's famous Relacion was the impetus behind the exploration of the Cenote. His workds found ample verification. Throught the Memoir, his data has been extensivley used. Working backward from the early Spanish accounts, comparative material was brought into use, taking us in some cases, to the Early Classic, beginning about AD 300, and working forward from Landa' time, bringing us practically up to the present by the study of the Maya and Lacandon now living. Theis make the chronological range of this investigation well over 1600 years. Spatially, ti covers much of Middle America. The interpretations of legend, of history and of archaeology have not always been along conventional lines. In many cases, answers have been suggested to unsettled problems, answers not claimed to be final.


Page ends lightly soiled. A very good copy.

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