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Houston, Stephen D.

Overview
Works: 74 works in 285 publications in 1 language and 7,098 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F1435, 972.81016
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stephen D Houston
The Maya by Michael D Coe( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Coe and Houston update this classic by distilling the latest scholarship for the general reader and student. This new edition incorporates the most recent archaeological and epigraphic research, which continues to proceed at a fast pace. Among the finest new discoveries are spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul, which reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty and the founding of dynasties. Dramatic refinements in our understanding the pace of changes in the Maya world have led scholars to perceive a pattern of rapid bursts of building and political formation. Other finds include the discovery of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, recovered from an underwater cavern in the Yucatan peninsula, along with new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal."--Back cover
Fiery pool : the Maya and the mythic sea by Daniel Finamore( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Maya art and hieroglyphs constitute one of the world's most fascinating, visually striking, and complex systems of expression. Most scholarly interpretations of Maya art and culture have emphasized that this ancient civilization was oriented toward inland centers and preoccupied with the blood of royal lineage and ritual sacrifice. Drawing on recent archaeological discoveries and developments in deciphering Maya glyphs, this volume presents a revisionist reading that shifts the emphasis of interpretation to the mythic power of the sea as the basis of a larger, deeper cultural narrative and history for the Maya." "Surrounded by the sea in all directions, the Maya viewed water as a source of both life and danger. Through the artworks presented - including acknowledged masterpieces and many never before exhibited in the United States - readers will gain a new appreciation for water's influence on Maya cosmology, its role in their interpretation of the supernatural, as well as its impact on Maya cross-cultural contacts, trading practices, and power dynamics. Essays by prominent scholars provide an interdisciplinary context for understanding Maya art as well as new interpretations of traditional iconography and symbolism."--Jacket
Veiled brightness : a history of ancient Maya color by Stephen D Houston( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A systematic study of how the ancient Maya peoples perceived and used colour
The memory of bones : body, being, and experience among the classic Maya by Stephen D Houston( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All of human experience flows from bodies that feel, express emotion, and think about what such experiences mean. But is it possible for us, embodied as we are in a particular time and place, to know how people of long ago thought about the body and its experiences? In this groundbreaking book, three leading experts on the Classic Maya (ca. AD 250 to 850) marshal a vast array of evidence from Maya iconography and hieroglyphic writing, as well as archaeological findings, to argue that the Classic Maya developed a coherent approach to the human body that we can recover and understand today. The authors open with a cartography of the Maya body, its parts and their meanings, as depicted in imagery and texts. They go on to explore such issues as how the body was replicated in portraiture; how it experienced the world through ingestion, the senses, and the emotions; how the body experienced war and sacrifice and the pain and sexuality that were intimately bound up in these domains; how words, often heaven-sent, could be embodied; and how bodies could be blurred through spirit possession. From these investigations, the authors convincingly demonstrate that the Maya conceptualized the body in varying roles, as a metaphor of time, as a gendered, sexualized being, in distinct stages of life, as an instrument of honor and dishonor, as a vehicle for communication and consumption, as an exemplification of beauty and ugliness, and as a dancer and song-maker. Their findings open a new avenue for empathetically understanding the ancient Maya as living human beings who experienced the world as we do, through the body
Royal courts of the ancient Maya( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hieroglyphs and history at Dos Pilas : dynastic politics of the Classic Maya by Stephen D Houston( Book )

6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since their discovery by early explorers, Maya hieroglyphs have prompted much speculation. What did this complex writing system record? How was the information organized, and what themes did it emphasize? What did the script reveal about the society that produced it? After over a century of research, epigraphers have finally deciphered much of the hieroglyphs' structure, content, and chronology, thereby opening a way to understand Maya civilization in its own terms
The life within : classic Maya and the matter of permanence by Stephen D Houston( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this first full study of the nature of Maya materials and animism, renowned Mayanist scholar Stephen Houston provides startling insights into a Pre-Columbian worldview that dramatically contrasts with western perspectives. Illustrated with more than one hundred photographs, images, and drawings, this beautifully written book reveals the Maya quest for transcendence in the face of inevitable death and decay."--Pub. desc
Classic Maya place names by David Stuart( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disappearance of writing systems : perspectives on literacy and communication by Stephen D Houston( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathers papers from the conference held on the disappearance of writing systems, in Oxford in March 2004. This work features case studies from the Old and New Worlds, ranging over periods from the first millennium BC. It offers a perspective on approaches to writing that can be helpful for the understanding of writing systems
Function and meaning in classic Maya architecture : a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 7th and 8th October 1994 by Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shape of script : how and why writing systems change( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book builds on earlier projects about the origins and extinctions of script traditions throughout the world in an effort to address the fundamental questions of how and why writing systems change. The contributors-who study ancient scripts from Arabic to Roman, from Bronze Age China to Middle Kingdom Egypt-utilize an approach that views writing less as a technology than as a mode of communication, one that is socially learned and culturally transmitted
Re-presenting the past : archaeology through text and image by Sheila Bonde( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The archaeological past exists for us through intermediaries. Some are written works, descriptions, narratives and field notes, while others are visual: the drawings, paintings, photographs, powerpoints or computer visualizations that allow us to re-present past forms of human existence. This volume brings together nine papers, six of which were presented at a symposium hosted at Brown University. Two papers explore the classical past and medieval visualizations. Three treat the Maya, and one considers the imaging by eighteenth-century antiquarians of British history; yet another ranges broadl
Royal courts of the ancient Maya( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Royal courts of the ancient Maya by Takeshi Inomata( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya provide current archaeological perspectives on Maya courts conceived as vital, functioning social groups composed of lords, courtiers, scribes, priests, and entertainers, among many others. In addition to archaeological data on the architecture and other spatial attributes of courts, the studies in the two volumes bring to bear on the topic the most recent evidence from inscriptions, vase paintings, murals and friezes, and ethnohistoric records in order to flesh out a portrait of the actors and roles that made up Maya courts through time and across space. The attributes of courts are explored in the Maya highlands and lowlands, from the origins of early kingship through the Classic period to the Postclassic and Terminal epochs. Pertinent comparisons are also drawn from the Aztecs and other ancient and contemporary societies. Volume 1: Theory, Comparison, and Synthesis establishes a carefully considered framework for approaching the study of courts and their functions throughout the world of the ancient Maya. Volume 2: Data and Case Studies provides authoritatively current data and insights from key Maya sites, including CopAn, Tikal, Caracol, Bonampak, and Calakmul
 
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Alternative Names
Houston, S. D.

Houston, S. D. 1958-

Houston, S. D. (Stephen D.)

Houston, S. D. (Stephen Douglas)

Houston, S. D. (Stephen Douglas), 1958-

Houston, Stephen

Houston, Stephen 1958-

Houston, Stephen D.

Stephen D. Houston American Mesoamericanist

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Veiled brightness : a history of ancient Maya colorThe memory of bones : body, being, and experience among the classic MayaRoyal courts of the ancient MayaClassic Maya place namesThe disappearance of writing systems : perspectives on literacy and communicationFunction and meaning in classic Maya architecture : a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 7th and 8th October 1994Royal courts of the ancient MayaRoyal courts of the ancient Maya