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Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests

Intellectual Interchange between the Northern Maya Lowlands and Highland Mexico in the Late Postclassic Period

Edited by Gabrielle Vail and Christine Hernández

ISBN 9780884023463

Publication date: 05/31/2010

Astronomers, Scribes, and Priests examines evidence for cultural interchange among the intellectual powerbrokers in Postclassic Mesoamerica, specifically those centered in the northern Maya lowlands and the central Mexican highlands. Contributors to the volume’s thirteen chapters bring an interdisciplinary perspective to understanding the interactions that led to shared content in hieroglyphic codices and mural art. The authors address similarities in artifacts, architectural styles, and building alignments—often produced in regions separated by hundreds of miles—based on their analyses of iconographic, archaeological, linguistic, and epigraphic material. The volume includes a wealth of new data and interpretive frameworks in this comprehensive discussion of a critical time period in the Mesoamerican past.


  • Gabrielle Vail is Researcher in Anthropology at Tulane University.
  • Christine Hernández is Lecturer in Anthropology at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Book Details

  • 300 pages
  • 6-7/8 x 10 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection