Author Lia Machel shares her startling new insights on the origins of Maya civilization

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Picture book presents a new take on Maya history.

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TIME PORTAL: The World of the First Maya is an illustrated guidebook that contains many new facts on the beginnings of the Maya people. Through her research, author Lia Machel presents a surprising international origin of the Mayas, and goes on to detail various aspects of their diverse culture.

Machel’s work documents the Maya people in the beginning of their voyage to the new world in Mesoamerica. She explains why they fashioned their time and their calendar as circular rather than linear. She shows how settlers and traders from international roots came to live among the Maya as one culture. Machel also reveals incredible archaeology discoveries showing that the Maya were adept at using techniques and materials unknown to the Western world for centuries. She then depicts the later decades of the Maya civilization, before the arrival of the Spaniards. Her illustrations will give the readers a better grasp of Maya culture, including their celebrations and even the attires worn by their people.

TIME PORTAL: The World of the First Maya is an in-depth and highly educational look into the lost civilization of the Mayas. Machel’s work is ideal for students of ancient history, and casual readers interested in learning about this great civilization.

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About the Author
Lia Machel has brought her past professional experience as an investigative reporter, researcher, and artist to this guidebook. All findings and discoveries, and photos, are referenced. The author began a lifelong study of ancient civilization at the age of ten. She began with ancient Egypt, then to the ancient Sumer, and China, and over the years became attracted to the mystery of the Maya Civilization.

TIME PORTAL: The World of the First Maya by Lia Machel
Publication Date: November 11, 2011
Picture Book; $71.99; 134 pages; 978-1-4653-8064-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4771-6624-6

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