112 black-and-white illustrations. The inside story of one of the great intellectual breakthroughs of our time―the first great decipherment of an ancient script―now revised and updated. It includes iconographic and epigraphic investigations into how the Classic Maya perceived and recorded the human senses, a previously unknown realm of ancient Maya thought and perception.
Breaking the Maya Code Third Edition #ad - There is now compelling documentary and historical evidence bearing on the question of why and how the “breaking of the Maya code” was the achievement of Yuri V. Knorosov―a soviet citizen totally isolated behind the Iron Curtain―and not of the leading Maya scholar of his day, Sir Eric Thompson. In the past dozen years, guatemala, mexico, maya decipherment has made great strides, in part due to the Internet, which has made possible the truly international scope of hieroglyphic scholarship: glyphic experts can be found not only in North America, and western Europe but also in Russia and the countries of eastern Europe.
The Maya Ninth edition Ancient Peoples and PlacesThames & Hudson #ad - Dramatic refinements in our understanding of the pace of developments of the Maya civilization have led scholars to perceive a pattern of rapid bursts of building and political formation. Other finds include the discovery of the earliest known occupant of the region, the Hoyo Negro girl, recovered from an underwater cavern in the Yucatan peninsula, along with new evidence for the first architecture at Ceibal.
Among the finest new discoveries are spectacular stucco sculptures at El Zotz and Holmul, which reveal surprising aspects of Maya royalty and the founding of dynasties. 213 illustrations, 28 in color Thames Hudson. This new edition incorporates the most recent archaeological and epigraphic research, which continues to proceed at a fast pace.
The Maya Ninth edition Ancient Peoples and Places #ad - The gold standard of introductory books on the ancient Maya. Expeditionthe maya has long been established as the best, most readable introduction to the New World’s greatest ancient civilization. Coe and houston update this classic by distilling the latest scholarship for the general reader and student.
Reading the Maya Glyphs, Second EditionThames & Hudson #ad - Decipherment of maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts―whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics―can now be read with confidence. After an introductory discussion of maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, politics, relationships, royal lives and rituals, dynastic names, ceramics, warfare, and the supernatural world.
For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, updating captions, adding glyphs, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a lexicon, a syllabary, and translation exercises. Illustrated in two colors throughout Thames Hudson.
Reading the Maya Glyphs, Second Edition #ad - . In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. They decipher real maya texts, the pronunciation, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. Coe, and mark van stone, have made the difficult, an accomplished calligrapher, the noted Mayanist, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist.
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.
The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the InternetWiley-Blackwell #ad - Wiley-Blackwell. The writing revolution picks apart the development of this communication tool to show how it has conquered the world. Explores how writing has liberated the world, to the printing press and the text messaging weaves together ideas from a number of fields, and science, and Japanese syllabaries, from the first cuneiform clay tablet, making possible everything from complex bureaucracy, cultural studies and archaeology, to create an interdisciplinary volume Traces the origins of each of the world’s major written traditions, including history, along with their applications, Egyptian hieroglyphs, literature, adaptations, as well as linguistics and literature, to instruction manuals and love letters Draws on an engaging range of examples, and cultural influences Thames Hudson.
In a world of rapid technological advancements, it can be easy to forget that writing is the original Information Technology, created to transcend the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space.
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient CodeEcco #ad - These include michael ventris, the brilliant amateur who deciphered the script but met with a sudden, mysterious death that may have been a direct consequence of the deipherment; and Alice Kober, the unsung heroine of the story whose painstaking work allowed Ventris to crack the code. In the tradition of simon winchester and dava sobel, linguistics, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative.
When famed archaeologist arthur evans unearthed the ruins of a sophisticated Bronze Age civilization that flowered on Crete 1, 000 years before Greece’s Classical Age, he discovered a cache of ancient tablets, Europe’s earliest written records. For half a century, and even the language in which they were written, the meaning of the inscriptions, would remain a mystery.
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code #ad - Award-winning new york times journalist margalit fox's riveting real-life intellectual detective story travels from the Bronze Age Aegean—the era of Odysseus, and Helen—to the turn of the 20th century and the work of charismatic English archeologist Arthur Evans, Agamemnon, to the colorful personal stories of the decipherers.
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Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered ScriptsThames & Hudson #ad - Then there are the etruscans, builders of sensational tombs and the cultural conduit through whom the Greek alphabet reached Rome and the rest of Europe. Undeciphered scripts have long tantalized the public, whether it’s the possibility of hearing the voices of ancient peoples or the puzzle solver’s taste for the challenges posed by breaking codes.
Perhaps the greatest challenge is the Indus script, the onl writing of the four "first" civilizations that cannot be read and a potential key to better understanding the impressive Indus Valley civilization. And on isolated easter island, the Rongorongo script, inscribed on wood with sharks' teeth, has long been an irresistible magnet for ambitious scholars.
Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts #ad - The struggle to decipher these three scripts and six others--including the Phaistos disc of Crete and the Zapotec script of Mexico--is recounted with extraordinary depth and erudition in this wonderfully illustrated book. Here, andrew robinson investigates the most famous examples, Maya glyphs, beginning with the stories of three great decipherments: Egyptian hieroglyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets.
He then tackles the important scripts that have yet to be cracked. 350+ color illustrations Thames Hudson. Lost languages is an archaeological and linguistic detective story that will appeal to anyone interested in ancient peoples and the intricacies of language. Andrew robinson's many books include The Story of Writing.
Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of The Mayan Book of The Dawn of Life and The Glories of Gods and KingsTouchstone #ad - Thames Hudson. Originally written in Mayan hieroglyphs, it was transcribed into the Roman alphabet in the sixteenth century. This new edition of dennis tedlock's unabridged, newly deciphered hieroglyphs, widely praised translation includes new notes and commentary, newly translated passages, and over forty new illustrations.
Popol vuh, is not only the most important text in the native languages of the Americas, the Quiché Mayan book of creation, it is also an extraordinary document of the human imagination. Wiley-Blackwell. Touchstone Books. It begins with the deeds of mayan gods in the darkness of a primeval sea and ends with the radiant splendor of the Mayan lords who founded the Quiché kingdom in the Guatemalan highlands.
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Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the MayaWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - The maya developed a cohesive, a creation story, an array of common gods, unified cosmology, and a shared artistic and architectural vision. Morrow. The acclaimed chronicle of the discovery of the legendary lost civilization of the Maya. Thames Hudson. At their peak, an estimated ten million people occupied the Maya’s heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region where only half a million now live.
Seized by the reports, guatemala, the holy land, and rome—sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—both already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt, Greece, and Mexico.
Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya #ad - Includes the history of the major Maya sites, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, including Palenque, Tuloom, Copan, and more. New york times bestseller • illustrated with a map and more than 100 images. Great product! In 1839, rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers.
Touchstone Books. Over the next millennium, some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time, each governed by powerful lords, dozens of city-states evolved, and connected by road-like causeways of crushed stone. Wiley-Blackwell. Their masterful book about the experience, written by stephens and illustrated by Catherwood, became a sensation, hailed by Edgar Allan Poe as “perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published” and recognized today as the birth of American archaeology.
Dictionary of Maya HieroglyphsHippocrene Books #ad - This authoritative work is the first visual dictionary of Maya glyphs published since the script's complete deciphering, offering a much-needed, comprehensive catalogue of 1100 secured glyphs. Wiley-Blackwell. Touchstone Books. About the author john montgomery was an illustrator, writer, epigrapher, and PhD candidate in the field of Pre-Columbian Art at the University of New Mexico.
He taught art history at the South-western Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque. Thames Hudson. Morrow. Great product! His glyphic illustrations are based on a lifetime of involvement with Maya glyph decipherment. A long and varied experience in Central America first inspired his interest in the ancient Maya.
Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs #ad - Each entry includes the illustrated glyph, Mayan equivalent, part of speech, its phonetic transcription, and meaning.
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient MayaWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Touchstone Books. Morrow. A forest of kings is the story of maya kingship, from the beginning of its institution and the first great pyramid builders two thousand years ago to the decline of Maya civilization and its destruction by the Spanish. Thames Hudson. Hailed as "a rosetta stone of Maya civilization" Brian M.
At its height, who ruled for more than sixty years, Maya civilization flourished under great kings like Shield-Jaguar, expanding his kingdom and building some of the most impressive works of architecture in the ancient world. Long placed on a mist-shrouded pedestal as austere, the Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers of populous, peaceful stargazers, aggressive city-states.
. Wiley-Blackwell. William Morrow Paperbacks. Here the great historic rulers of pre-Columbian civilization come to life again with the decipherment of their writing. Fagan, " says evon vogt, author of people of the Earth, A Forest of Kings is "a must for interested readers, professor of anthropology at Harvard University.
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya #ad - Great product! The recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given us the first written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion. In this book, two of the first central figures in the massive effort to decode the glyphs, Linda Schele and David Freidel, make this history available in all its detail.
Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and SculptureThames & Hudson #ad - Wiley-Blackwell. Yet despite a surge of popular interest in these remarkable people, few are fully aware of the richness of their artistic legacy, unique in all of pre-Columbian America. Great product! Decorated objects, while fascinating, ranging from painted vases and carved jade and shell ornaments to towering stone monuments and building facades, bear the traces of a symbol system that, can make an understanding of these images elusive to the uninitiated.
Maya art is a rare combination of linear elegance and naturalism blended with dazzling symbolic complexity. Organized thematically, the symbols touch on many facets of the Maya world, plants, the heavens―to the mental landscape of gods, myths, from the natural environment―animals, and rituals. The art of the ancient Maya may be considered their most singular cultural achievement.
Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture #ad - Presented here for the first time is a compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are also the building blocks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. Thames Hudson. 535 black-and-white illustrations Thames Hudson. Lavishly illustrated, fully cross-referenced and indexed: an invaluable book for anyone wishing to see and understand Maya art through the eyes of ancient scribes and artists.
In addition to providing a basic introduction, the authors also offer many new and exciting interpretations. Morrow.