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The Resource Breaking the Maya code, Michael D. Coe

Breaking the Maya code, Michael D. Coe

Label
Breaking the Maya code
Title
Breaking the Maya code
Statement of responsibility
Michael D. Coe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Tells the story of the decipherment of the ancient Mayan script and of the people who made the breakthroughs
  • The book tells the story of the last great decipherment of an ancient script. Years ago, the ruined monuments of Maya civilization were mute, the hieroglyphic inscriptions on magnificent stelae, temples, and palaces largely unread. Today, thanks to an extraordinary scientific breakthrough, these inscribed remains are revealing a history lost to humanity for a millennium. What do the glyphs tell us about the Maya world? Why did it take nearly a century and a half after the rediscovery of Maya cities to crack the code? Michael Coe is uniquely placed to give the inside story of this revolution in understanding. Himself a world-renowned Maya scholar, he has known or worked with all the main protagonists over the past years. Coe interweaves a riveting tale of intellectual attack and counterattack with a full overview of what we now know about the ancient Maya themselves. Far from being the simple, peace-loving stargazers of Thompson's imagination, they emerge as a much more complex culture: obsessed with warfare, dynastic rivalries and ritual bloodletting, yet creatures of supreme masterpieces in art and architecture. This is a superbly readable detective story, a challenging and informed account of one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of our age. -- from Book Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 972.81016
  • 497.415
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F1435.3.W75
LC item number
C64 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Breaking the Maya code, Michael D. Coe
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 -- Pacal's people -- Down to Xibalba -- A new dawn -- A look backward, a view forward -- Epilogue
Control code
26605966
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780500050613
Lccn
91065312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Breaking the Maya code, Michael D. Coe
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 -- Pacal's people -- Down to Xibalba -- A new dawn -- A look backward, a view forward -- Epilogue
Control code
26605966
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
304 pages
Isbn
9780500050613
Lccn
91065312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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