Reading List

Books for Copan Mesoamerican Library

The following is a recommended book list for the Ancient Maya and Mesoamerica. Each section is alphabetized by title.


A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya, Linda Schele and David Freidel

Copan & Tikal, Ricardo Agurcia F. and Juan Antonio Valdes

Defensive Earthworks at Becan, Campeche, Mexico: Implications for Maya Warfare, David L. Webster

Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica, Stephen & Margaret Bunson

Fieldwork Among the Maya: Reflections on the Harvard Chiapas Project, Evon Z. Vogt

History Carved in Stone, Ricardo Agurcia and William L. Fash

Lowland Maya Civilization in the Eighth Century A.D., Jeremy A. Sabloff and John S. Henderson

Maya Iconography, Elizabeth P. Benson and Gillett G. Griffin (Editors)

Maya: History and Religion, J. Eric Thompson

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, Michael D. Coe

Pyramids and Palaces, Monsters and Masks: The Golden Age of Maya Architecture, Volume I-III, George F. Andrews

Reinterpreting Prehistory of Central America, Mark Miller Graham, Editor

Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya, William L. Fash and Barbara W. Fash

The Ancient Maya, Robert Sharer

The House of the Bacabs, Copan, Honduras, David Webster

The Maya, Michael D. Coe

The Southeast Classic Maya Zone, Elizabeth Hill Boone and Gordon R. Willey

Understanding the Early Classic at Copan, Robert Sharer, Ellen Bell, Marcello Canuto

Myth & Religion

Aztec and Maya Myths, Karl Taube

Gods of the Popol Vuh: Xmukane’, K’ucumatz, Tojil, and Jurakan, Mary H. Preuss

The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion, Mary Miller and Karl Taube

The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan, Karl Taube

The Popol Vuh, Dennis Tedlock (translation)


Manual de Los Monumentos de Copán, Honduras Vol. 1

An Introduction to the Study of Maya Hieroglyphs, S. G. Morley

An Outline Dictionary of Maya Glyphs, William Gates

Breaking the Maya Code, Michael D. Coe

Maya Glyphs: Reading the Past, Stephen D. Houston

Maya Glyphs: The Verbs, Linda Schele


The Codex Borgia, Gisele Diaz and Alan Rodgers

The Codex Nuttall, Zelia Nuttall (Editor)

The Essential Codex Mendoza, Frances F. Berdan & Patricia Rieff Anawalt


A Study of Maya Art, Herbert J. Spinden

Art, Ideology and the City of Teotihuacan, Janet Catherine Berlo

Classic Maya Pottery at Dumbarton Oaks, Michael D. Coe

Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past, Elizabeth Hill Boone (Editor)

Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, Marion Oettinger

Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period, Dorie Reents-Budet

The Art of Mesoamerica from Olmec to Aztec, Mary Ellen Miller

The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art, Linda Schele and Mary Miller

The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: Whose Culture? Whose Property? Phyllis
Messenger (Editor)

The Maya of Guatemala: Their Life and Dress, Carmen L. Pettersen

The Maya Vase Book, Volumes I-IV, Justin Kerr


Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, John L. Stephens

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, John L. Stephens

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest, Diego de Landa (William Gates, Translator)

Modern Maya

Living Maya, Walter F. Morris, Jr. and Jeffrey J. Foxx

The Maya’s Own Words: An anthology comprising Abridgments of the Popol-Vuh, Warrior of Rabinal, and Selections from the Memorial of Solola, the Book of Chilam-Balam of Chumayel, and the Title of the Lords of Totonicapan, by Thomas Ballantine Irving (Editor)

Time and the Highland Maya, Barbara Tedlock

Tropical Nature & Adventure

Adventuring in Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama), David Rains Wallace

Lessons of the Rainforest, Suzanne Head and Robert Heinzman (Editors)

The Quetzal and the Macaw, David Rains Wallace

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya, National Geographic Video

Sentinels of Silence, Two-time Academy Award winning film Narrated by Orson Welles (in English) or Ricardo Montalban (in Spanish)

The Last King of Copan, NOVA