By Vincent H. Malmström
The uncomplicated query "How did the Maya get a hold of a calendar that had simply 260 days?" led Vincent Malmström to find an unforeseen "hearth" of Mesoamerican tradition. during this boldly revisionist ebook, he units forth his hard, new view of the beginning and diffusion of Mesoamerican calendrical systems—the highbrow fulfillment that gave upward thrust to Mesoamerican civilization and culture.
Malmström posits that the 260-day calendar marked the period among passages of the solar at its zenith over Izapa, an old ceremonial heart within the Soconusco quarter of Mexico's Pacific coastal simple. He is going directly to convey how the calendar built via the Zoque humans of the zone within the fourteenth century B.C. steadily subtle via Mesoamerica into the so-called "Olmec metropolitan zone" of the Gulf coast and past to the Maya within the east and to the plateau of Mexico within the west.
These findings problem our past knowing of the starting place and diffusion of Mesoamerican civilization. certain to impress full of life debate in lots of quarters, this publication can be very important interpreting for all scholars of old Mesoamerica—anthropologists, archaeologists, archaeoastronomers, geographers, and the turning out to be public interested by all issues Maya.