(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Breaking the Maya Code



Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
List Price: $19.95

Rent Textbook


Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out


We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $8.55

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?

Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.

How do rental returns work?

Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!

What version or edition is this?

This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 2/17/2012.

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.


In the past dozen years, 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, Mexico, Guatemala, and western Europe but also in Russia and the countries of eastern Europe. The third edition of this classic book takes up the thorny question of when and where the Maya script first appeared in the archaeological record, and describes efforts to decipher its meaning on the extremely early murals of San Bartolo. 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. There is now compelling documentary and historical evidence bearing on the question of why and how the '¬Sbreaking 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. What does it take to make such a breakthrough, with a script of such complexity as the Maya? We now have some answers, as Michael Coe demonstrates here.

Author Biography

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, and The True History of Chocolate (with Sophie D. Coe), all published by Thames Hudson.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Prologuep. 9
The Word Made Visiblep. 13
Lords of the Forestp. 46
A Jungle Civilization Rediscoveredp. 73
Forefathers: The Dawn of Deciphermentp. 99
The Age of Thompsonp. 123
A New Wind from the Eastp. 145
The Age of Proskouriakoff: The Maya Enter Historyp. 167
Pakal's Peoplep. 193
Down into Xibalbáp. 217
A New Dawnp. 230
A Look Backward, A View Forwardp. 257
Envoip. 274
Proskouriakoffs "Suggested Order of Discussion"p. 275
The Maya Syllabic Chartp. 277
Notesp. 282
Glossaryp. 288
Sources of Illustrationsp. 290
Further Reading and Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 300
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...