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The Story of Decipherment: From Egyptian Hieroglyphs to Maya Script: From Egyptian Hieroglyphics to Maya Script
by Maurice Pope
The Story of Decipherment The second revised edition of an introduction to archaeological writing. Pope discusses the contributions to the science of decipherment and examines the developments made by practitioners. Also provided is a description of the process of decipherment with quotations from the original publications. Includes colour illustrations. Full description
Paperback, 232 pages
Published July 28th 1999 by Thames & Hudson
(first published June 1st 1999)
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Pope went into some detail about the way the various scripts were first broken-- usually by means of peoples' names, though in the case of Mayan it was the number system and months of the year, I think. It's kind of miraculous that heiroglyphics were understandable at all, given that the same symbol could be used as a syllable, a consonant, or a meaning, without any mark to show how it was being used.