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New Books on the Popol Vuh and Light in Archaeology Edited by Prof. Moyes Recently Published

February 15, 2022

Prof. Holley Moyes and co-editors Allen J. Christenson (Brigham Young University) and Frauke Sachse (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection) have just published The Myths of the Popol Vuh in Cosmology, Art, and Ritual with University of Colorado Press. The Popul Vuh is a text recounting the mythology and history of one of the Maya peoples that inhabit Guatemala and portions of Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. This volume offers an integrated and comparative approach to the Popol Vuh, with various scholars analyzing its myths to elucidate the ancient Maya past while using multiple lines of evidence to shed light on the text. Combining interpretations of the myths with analyses of archaeological, iconographic, epigraphic, ethnohistoric, ethnographic, and literary resources,chapters in this work demonstrate how Popol Vuh mythologies contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the ancient Maya past.

In addition, Costas Papadopoulos (Maastricht University) and Prof. Holley Moyes edited The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology from Oxford Univeristy Press.  This volume provides a comprehensive consideration of light in archaeology and beyond by including chapters written by leading international scholars covering diverse aspects of illumination in different spatial and temporal contexts, from the distant past to the present.