Breaking the Maya Code Author:Michael D. Coe Breaking the Maya Code tells the story of the last great decipherment of an ancient script. Twenty years ago the ruined monuments of Maya civilization were mute, the hieroglyphic inscriptions on magnificent stelas, temples, and palaces largely unread. Today, thanks to an extraordinary scientific breakthrough, these insribed remains are revealing... more » a history lost to humanity for a millenium.
Michael Coe...himself a world-renowned Maya scholar...has known or worked with all the main protagonists over the last thirty years.
Numerous examples of Maya writing, as well as enlightening comparisons with other great decipherments, illuminate the narrative.
The book contains 112 illustrations, a Maya syllabic chart, a glossary, an index, a bibliography, and suggestions for further reading.« less
Having studied linguistics, albeit for languages in a different part of the world, I had always been intrigued by those Mayan glyphs and found it strange that they were thought only to be about huge numbers and time counts. Now their brilliant decipherers have shown that the glyphs have much more in common with other writing systems than we supposed. I will not say any more, so as not to spoil other readers' delight of discovery.