Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code

By (author) Michael D. Coe

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Thanks to an extraordinary scientific breakthrough, Mayan monuments are revealing a history lost to humanity for a millennium. Coe gives the inside story of the decipherment of Mayan glyphs, portraying the Maya as a complex civilization, obsessed with warfare, dynastic rivalries, and ritual bloodletting, yet creators of supreme masterpieces in art and architecture. Illustrations.

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 38.1mm | 748.42g
  • 01 Oct 1992
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 112ill.
  • 0500050619
  • 9780500050613

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It is rare indeed that a writer can take hold of an arcane and 'difficult' subject, and make of it a book whcih is as racy, entertaining and suspenseful as the best popular entertainment. Coe has done just that in a book which tells the story of the interpretation of the hieroglyphics left by the Mayans on their temples and palaces. A fight ensued between the brilliant Russian scholar Yuri Knorosov and the almost hystierically anti-communist English scholar Eric Thompson - the latter aided by popular scientific opinion that the Mayans simply weren't clever enough to have invented a system of writing. Not a dull page in sight. (Kirkus UK)

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