"An indispensable work for Maya specialists. Summing up: Essential."
—C.C. Kolb, CHOICE Magazine
"When I was first asked if this book was worth publishing, I said yes: this impressive volume and CD-ROM, providing easy access to a lot of hard-to-ferret-out evidence of lasting importance to Maya archaeology, confirms my opinion."
—Norman Hammond, Antiquity
"Helpfully introduced by its editors, The Carnegie Maya is a delightfully rewarding source of reference on the project. The whole book buzzes and tingles. John Weeks and Jane Hill have produced a monument to the project with a long life to come."
—Nicholas James, Cambridge Archaeological Journal
This complete set of reports from the Carnegie Institution's Maya program collects in one thematically and regionally organized volume hundreds of documents from a foundational New World archaeological project.
The Carnegie Institution of Washington sponsored archaeological, ethnographic, linguistic, and historical investigations in the Maya region of southern Mexico and northern Central America between 1914 and 1957. The institution led the field during that time, with financial support and other resources no university could match.
Dispersed and out-of-print for fifty years, more than 350 reports from the Maya program are now available in this single volume. Reports from the institution's annual Year Books and other materials collected here tell the history of Maya research through firsthand accounts by participating scholars and reveal the progression of Mesoamerican archaeology from avocational interest to scholarly pursuit. Thematic and regional organization of the reports permits readers to monitor development of research concepts. Appendixes list all Carnegie Maya publications, Carnegie personnel, and the archival holdings of Carnegie-derived material at Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Chicago.
Purchase of the print book comes with free individual access to the Adobe Digital Editions Carnegie Maya Series Ebook, which contains the complete set of The Carnegie Maya, The Carnegie Maya II, The Carnegie Maya III, and The Carnegie Maya IV, thus making hundreds of documents from the Carnegie Institution's Maya program available in one source.