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Artistic Expressions in Maya Architecture: Analysis and Documentation Techniques

Expresiones artísticas en la arquitectura maya: Técnicas de análisis y documentación

Cristina Vidal Lorenzo and Gaspar Muñoz Cosme
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English and Spanish
194pp. Illustrated throughout in black and white
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Prehispanic Maya architecture features a large variety of artistic expression, from reliefs and sculptures made of stone or stucco to mural paintings and graffiti found on the plastered surfaces of their walls and façades. All of this constitutes both animportant artistic component which complements the architecture, and a new source of information about the people who built these buildings and those who lived within them. In order to preserve them it is vital that innovative techniques are used during archaeological excavations and explorations which allow detailed records to be made immediately after the discovery of such ancient vestiges. This book presents selected studies about the techniques for documentation and analysis of architectural decorative remnants in use by a variety of research teams currently working in the Maya area as well as interesting discussions about the symbolism of the artistic elements on the façades of Maya buildings.