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Breaking the Maya Code tells the story of how the world's last major writing system was deciphered. The Mayan language was not passed along by the Mayan people and scholars have considered the hieroglyphs too complex to understand. Based on the book by Dr. Michael D. Coe, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Curator Emeritus in the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, this film tells the history of false leads, rivalries and colliding personalities surrounding the decipherment of the code. The story within the code itself provides a greater understanding of ancient Mayan life and has united the Mayan people of today with their lost ancestors. Breaking the Maya Code is the result of an 11-year project that was completed in 2008. Footage from 40 locations in nine countries is combined with dramatizations, animations, graphics, archival material and interviews with those who have played key roles in breaking the code.