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Breaking the Maya Code - 3 Edition by Michael D Coe (Paperback)

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Edition: 3 Edition

Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Archaeology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Author: Michael D Coe

Language: English

Street Date: February 27, 2012
TCIN: 77477736
UPC: 9780500289556
Item Number (DPCI): 247-18-0157


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.
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