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Encyclopedias provide good starting points for research. They are helpful in the following ways:
- Defining terms
- Understanding the scope of a topic
- Often include bibliographies
- Are written by experts
- Identify key concepts, people, and events
WIth the exception of the first title listed below, books are shelved in the reference collection on the main floor.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Culture [electronic resource] is the first comprehensive reference source to chronicle Pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America. With more than 600 articles, it is invaluable for those interested in the rich heritage of this land. Encompassing the great civilizations of the pre-Columbian era (including the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya peoples) up through the colonial and postcolonial periods, the Encyclopedia covers art, archaeology, religious studies, anthropology, history, and historiography of the region in fully cross-referenced, signed articles by the leading scholars in the discipline.
Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America by
Call Number: F1218.6 .A73 2000
Publication Date: 2000-11-27
A rich historical and cultural resource on one of the world's six cradles of civilization devoted to pre-Columbian archaeology of the Mesoamerican (Mexico and Central America) culture area.
Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica by
Call Number: F1219 .B932 1996
Publication Date: 1996-03-01
"Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica is the first A-to-Z guide to the people, places and events of the region, from the emergence of early cultures there at the end of the last ice age, c. 11,000 B.C., to the demise of the Aztec following the Spanish conquest in the 1500s, this survey includes the Olmec (progenitors of all subsequent Mesoamerican civilizations), the Zapotec (possibly the first writers of the New World) and the Teotihuacans (creators of the grandest of all Mesoamerican city-states), among others." "The encyclopedia contains both longer essays on topics such as art and architecture, codices, social life and festivals, gods and goddesses, the Mesoamerican ball game, the Maya calendar, funerary rites, the military, views of the underworld, and pyramids, as well as shorter entries on rulers of note, and such important sites as La Venta, home of one of the oldest pyramids and burial grounds; Teotihuacan, site of the Pyramid of the Sun and the Avenue of the Dead; and Uxmal, the architectural jewel of the Yucatan peninsula.
The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya by
Call Number: F1435.3.R3 M55 1993
Publication Date: 1993-02-01
The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya is the first-ever English-language dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. Nearly 300 entries, from accession to yoke, describe the main gods and symbols of the Olmecs, Zapotecs, Maya, Teotihuacanos, Mixtecs, Toltecs and Aztecs. Topics range from jaguar and jester gods to reptile eye and rubber, from creation accounts and sacred places to ritual practices such as bloodletting, confession, dance and pilgrimage.
Encyclopedia of Mexico by
Call Number: F1210 .E63 1997 V.1-2
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
The primary emphasis is on broad historiographic issues, although the encyclopedia includes many supplementary entries on people and specific events.
Call Number: F1234 .C67 2004
Publication Date: 2004-09-22
A concise overview of 20th- and 21st-century Mexico, this volume explores the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the world's largest Spanish-speaking country.
Daily Life of the Aztecs by
Call Number: F1219.73 .C355 1998
Publication Date: 1998-07-30
Examine the fascinating and often controversial details of the daily lives of the ancient Aztecs through this innovative study written from the perspective of the history of religions. Insights into the communities they created, the games they played, the education they received, the foods they harvested, and the songs they sang, as well as the sacrificial rituals they performed, enable the reader to gain a better understanding of this complicated culture.
Daily Life in Maya Civilization by
Call Number: F1435 .S54 1996
Publication Date: 1996-09-30
This examination of daily life in ancient Maya civilization presents the very latest discoveries and interpretations and corrects popular misconceptions. It traces Maya civilization from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and shows how the Maya successfully adapted to their environment and preserved their traditional culture and languages from oppression over thousands of years. For ease of use by students, the work is organized into chapters covering all aspects of Maya life and civilization: the foundations of Maya life and civilization: early, middle, and late Maya civilization; economy (production and trade); social and political systems; life cycle events; religion; writing and calendars; and the variety of arts and crafts.
Oxford Art Online
Covers biographies, criticism, country surveys, artistic styles and movements, art forms, subject matter and iconography, and techniques.
Information is drawn from Grove Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
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