Cracking the Maya Code

Cracking the Maya Code

DVD - 2008
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The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. This program highlights the ingenious breakthroughs that cracked the code, unleashing a flood of dramatic new insights about the ancient civilization.
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Educational Foundation : WGBH, 2008
ISBN: 9781593758356
Branch Call Number: J972.017 C88L
Language Note: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired; described video for the visually impaired
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (54 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Sep 11, 2017

This documentary is presumably a companion to Prof. Michael D. Coe's book "Breaking the Maya Code" (1992). That book is a very accessible and highly readable account of the decipherment of Mayan hieroglyphics. Coe is the author of a number of books on the Mayans specifically, and on the Mesoamerican civilizations more broadly.
His later book, “Reading the Maya Glyphs” (2001) -- which I have not read -- is apparently a more scholarly account intended for linguists and other specialists, rather than the general reader.
This 54-minute documentary was made by David Lebrun in 2008 for the PBS programme "Nova". Lebrun, that same year, had made a 2-hour stand-alone documentary on the same subject. The long documentary is called “Breaking the Maya Code", just like Prof. Coe's book.

Jul 12, 2017

Great stuff !!! 420

aaa5756 Jun 02, 2013

Very well done and interesting documentary movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding no falling asleep on this one. A++ DVD

Aug 03, 2011

A very interesting documentary!

Apr 29, 2011

I wish the documentary could have discussed more how the cracking was done.

Mar 22, 2011

Fascinating history of decoding Maya writings. It's pity all Mayas books were destroyed, we could learn so much about their history


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Aug 03, 2011

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Aug 03, 2011

Focuses on how the Ancient Mayan written "code" was decoded, and how it is currently helping modern Mayans get back in touch with their past heritage. And, of course, giving a glimpse for everyone of the culture, rituals, and systems that existed for this ancient, powerful group.


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