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Houston, Stephen D.

Overview
Works: 78 works in 276 publications in 2 languages and 6,162 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: F1435, 972.81016
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Most widely held works by Stephen D Houston
Maya glyphs by Stephen D Houston( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic Maya by Stephen D Houston( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first millennium A.D., the classic Maya created courtly societies in and around the Yucatan Peninsula that have left some of the most striking intellectual and aesthetic achievements of the ancient world, including large settlements like Tikal, Copan, and Palenque. This book is a synthesis of the Classic Maya. It is informed by new decipherment of hieroglyphs, decades of intensive excavation and survey. Structured by categories of person in society, it reports on kings, queens, nobles, gods, and ancestors, as well as the many millions of farmers and other figures who lived in societies predicated on sacred kingship and varying political programs. This text presents a tandem model of societies bound by moral covenants and convulsed by unavoidable tensions between groups, all affected by demographic trends and changing environments. It focuses on the Classic heartland but also refers to other zones
Fiery pool : the Maya and the mythic sea by Daniel Finamore( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first writing : script invention as history and process by Stephen D Houston( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The theme of this book is the first writing systems - early cuneiform, proto-Elamite, Egyptian (all prior to 3000 BC, by some centuries), Chinese (prior to 1000 BC), and Maya and its Mesoamerican precursors (beginning ca. 500 BC) ... [and it] also looks more briefly at what might be called 'secondary inventions', including late ones like Scandinavian runic" -- p. [3]
The Maya by Michael D Coe( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coe and Houston update this classic account of the New Worlds greatest ancient civilization, incorporating the most recent research in a fast-changing field. New discoveries of spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty; the Classic Maya themselves can be understood as occupants of royal courts, full of Machiavellian intrigue yet operating in close communion with gods and cosmos. Just-discovered texts at Xultun show a strong concern with astronomy and numerology, as well as evidence of lost books. Other finds include the discovery in an underwater cavern of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, and new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal. The Maya highlights the vitality of current scholarship into this brilliant civilization
Veiled brightness : a history of ancient Maya color by Stephen D Houston( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The memory of bones : body, being, and experience among the classic Maya by Stephen D Houston( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 315 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 )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 285 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 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The decipherment of ancient Maya writing( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life within : classic Maya and the matter of permanence by Stephen D Houston( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the Classic Maya, who flourished in and around the Yucatan peninsula in the first millennium AD, artistic materials were endowed with an internal life. Far from being inert substances, jade, flint, obsidian, and wood held a vital essence, agency, and even personality. To work with these materials was to coax their life into full expression and to engage in witty play. Writing, too, could shift from hieroglyphic signs into vibrant glyphs that sprouted torsos, hands, and feet. Appearing to sing, grapple, and feed, they effectively blurred the distinction between text and image
Classic Maya place names by David Stuart( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 177 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( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 169 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 151 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 )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 108 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
The dynastic sequence of Dos Pilas, Guatemala by Stephen D Houston( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maya archaeology( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 46 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 23 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
Royal courts of the ancient Maya( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The classic Maya
Alternative Names
Houston, S. D.

Houston, S. D. 1958-

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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English (172)

Japanese (3)

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The classic MayaFiery pool : the Maya and the mythic seaThe first writing : script invention as history and processVeiled brightness : a history of ancient Maya colorThe memory of bones : body, being, and experience among the classic MayaRoyal courts of the ancient MayaThe decipherment of ancient Maya writingClassic Maya place names