Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code

  1. Michael D. Coe
  • ISBN 9780500289556
  • 23.30 x 15.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 304pp
  • 113 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 2011

The inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time – the last great decipherment of an ancient script. This will appeal to the lay reader, the scholar of Maya civilization and anyone interested in puzzles and decipherment
Third Edition revised and updated

‘Coe’s thrilling account of the cracking of Mayan is like a detective story … great stuff’ – The Observer
‘A thrilling story of academic rivalry, bigotry, chewing gum and – wait for it – penis perforation’ – The Daily Mail
‘An entertaining, enlightening and even humorous history of the great searchers after the meaning that lies in the Maya inscriptions’ – Anthony Burgess
‘Told with great vigour by Professor Michael Coe, who was himself involved; he offers an insider’s story with strong views of the personalities, competence and abilities of some colleagues’ – History Today
‘A great story told clearly and passionately by a great Mayanist. It’s an inspiring example of the ultimate triumph of a truth in the knock-down, drag-out world of academic politics’ – Science


Breaking the Maya Code

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Curator Emeritus in the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. His many other books include The Maya, Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, Reading the Maya Glyphs (with Mark Van Stone) and The True History of Chocolate (with Sophie D. Coe), all published by Thames & Hudson.


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