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Reading the Maya Glyphs

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The breaking of the Maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history.

Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written textsâwhether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramicsâcan now be read with confide
Paperback, 2nd, 176 pages
Published June 17th 2005 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2001)
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For anyone who is fascinated with this puzzling language, this book gives you pictures for each syllable and examples of how the more abstract version of a word evolved into a highly stylized version over time. It's like a dictionary without being terribly boring. The glyphs are in red ink while all other text and images are in black. It has one exercise at the end of each chapter for the reader to test his skill at puzzling out their language.
Well, when you sit down to read what is effectively a college textbook, I guess you should expect it to be a little dry. This was an interesting introduction to the subject of a completely different writing system. I might use it to translate my name into Mayan or something like that.

I've also picked up Breaking the Mayan Code and will read it soon. It should be a little bit easier to read since it will have, like, narrative and stuff.
Nov 17, 2010 Roxanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Roxanne by: Marc U. Zender!
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Michael D. Coe (born 1929) is an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. Primarily known for his research in the field of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican studies (and in particular, for his work on the Maya civilization, where he is regarded as one of the foremost Mayanist scholars of the latter 20th century). Coe has also made extensive investigations across a variety of other a ...more
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