Cracking the Maya Code

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Cracking the Maya Code

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Cracking the Maya Code is a NOVA documentary presented by PBS that details the fundamentals of the Maya writing system and the history and culture revealed by Maya texts and inscriptions. Scholars such as David Stuart, who made startling discoveries early at the age of twelve, and Tatiana Proskouriakoff, a Russian woman who also contributed to knowledge of the Maya code, are featured in this episode. For his work, Stuart became the youngest winner of the prestigious MacArthur grant. Collaboration among scientists of every possible background ultimately led to the deciphering of a code that has remained an enigma to modern code breakers for many years. There are so many things that can be learned from ancient civilizations, and cracking the Maya code is an excellent first step towards collecting this knowledge. Perhaps, this will allow scientists to better understand the mysteriously shrouded Maya prediction that the end of the world will come in 2012. This NOVA documentary provides a captivating perspective on one of the oldest mysteries known to code-breakers: the Maya language.moreless
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