The easy query "How did the Maya get a hold of a calendar that had in basic terms 260 days?" led Vincent Malmström to find an unforeseen "hearth" of Mesoamerican tradition. during this boldly revisionist publication, he units forth his difficult, new view of the beginning and diffusion of Mesoamerican calendrical systems—the highbrow success that gave upward push 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 historical ceremonial heart within the Soconusco zone of Mexico's Pacific coastal undeniable. He is going directly to convey how the calendar constructed by way of the Zoque humans of the area within the fourteenth century B.C. steadily subtle via Mesoamerica into the so-called "Olmec metropolitan region" 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 prior realizing of the starting place and diffusion of Mesoamerican civilization. certain to galvanize energetic debate in lots of quarters, this booklet could be very important studying for all scholars of historic Mesoamerica—anthropologists, archaeologists, archaeoastronomers, geographers, and the starting to be public fascinated about all issues Maya.

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