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Breaking the Maya Code

ISBN-10: 0500289557
ISBN-13: 9780500289556
Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Michael D. Coe
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

In the past dozen years, Maya decipherment has made great strides, in part due to the Internet, which has made possible the truly international scope of hieroglyphic scholarship: glyphic experts can be found not only in North America, Mexico, Guatemala, and western Europe but also in Russia and the countries of eastern Europe.The third edition of this classic book takes up the thorny question of when and where the Maya script first appeared in the archaeological record, and describes efforts to decipher its meaning on the extremely early murals of San Bartolo. It includes iconographic and epigraphic investigations into how the Classic Maya perceived and recorded the human senses, a previously unknown realm of ancient Maya thought and perception.There is now compelling documentary and historical evidence bearing on the question of why and how the “breaking of the Maya code” was the achievement of Yuri V. Knorosov—a Soviet citizen totally isolated behind the Iron Curtain—and not of the leading Maya scholar of his day, Sir Eric Thompson. What does it take to make such a breakthrough, with a script of such complexity as the Maya? We now have some answers, as Michael Coe demonstrates here.

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Preface
Prologue
The Word Made Visible
Lords of the Forest
A Jungle Civilization Rediscovered
Forefathers: The Dawn of Decipherment
The Age of Thompson
A New Wind from the East
The Age of Proskouriakoff: The Maya Enter History
Pakal's People
Down into Xibalb�
A New Dawn
A Look Backward, A View Forward
Envoi
Proskouriakoffs "Suggested Order of Discussion"
The Maya Syllabic Chart
Notes
Glossary
Sources of Illustrations
Further Reading and Bibliography
Index

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