MARK CURRAN taught Spanish American Civilization at Arizona State University in a career spanning forty-three years. His Ph.D. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Jesuit Saint Louis University prepared him for this endeavor. Intermittent study, travel and research in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico took place from 1962 to 2000 with emphasis on modern Indigenous centers and famous Pre-Columbian sites.
This book is entitled "Travel, Research and Teaching in Guatemala and Mexico. In Search of the Pre-Columbian Heritage." Volume I, Guatemala.
This book in its totality of two volumes has various facets: it is comprised of anecdotes and thoughts on travel, research and teaching in Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico from 1962 to 2000; it is a reﬂection on important topics and concepts of Pre-Columbian Culture; and ﬁnally, it is a summary of classroom guidelines and Professor’s Curran's notes on a major work on the civilizations of Pre-Columbian Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico and important documentary ﬁlms on the same. Volume I treats Guatemala and Honduras.
Again, Volume I Guatemala treats modern urban cities and rural towns near the Pre-Columbian sites: Guatemala City, Antigua, Lake Atitlán, Chichicastenango and towns of the Verapaces in Guatemala. The well-known Pre-Columbian sites in Volume I are Copán in Honduras and Tikal in Guatemala. In addition, an overview of the latter is seen in a textual and pictorial summary of the holdings of the "Museo de Antropología e Historia" in Mexico City, the best of its kind.
The book is richly illustrated with black and white travel photos by Curran.
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