Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of the struggle to decipher the Mayan language, describes the conflicting approaches, and explains what Mayan inscriptions reveal about their culture

Norton Pub
Among the more exciting advances to be described are: the discovery of the specific Maya language and sophisticated grammar used by the ancient scribes on stone monuments and painted vases; archaeological explorations of tombs and buildings of the ancient founders of the great city of Copan, whose very existence had been predicted by epigraphers through glyphic decipherment; the realization that many small city-states were dominated by two rival giants, Tikal and Calakmul, through a potent combination of military conquest, diplomacy, and royal marriages.
Michael Coe's classic inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time—the last great decoding of an ancient script—has been updated throughout and now includes an epilogue that brings the reader up to date in the fast-changing field of Maya decipherment.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, c1999
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780500281338
0500281335
Branch Call Number: 972.81016 C6504b 1999
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm

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