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By Sylvanus Griswold Morley

Morley's epic treatise upon the Mayan language, and the insights that may be received from their writing, is released right here whole along with his unique photos, illustrations and charts.

while Sylvanus Griswold Morley first released this account of the Mayan peoples in 1915, the Western global and scholarly institution have been inspired by way of the size of his wisdom and the thoroughness of his investigations. His archaeological digs close to the traditional website of Chichen Itza yielded many interesting discoveries. It used to be after amassing and looking at a wide cache of Mayan inscriptions that Morley all started publishing books and essays upon the topic of Maya hieroglyphics. by the point of his loss of life in 1948, Morley was once a number one authority on historical Mesoamerican societies.

An advent to the examine of the Maya Hieroglyphs is a landmark textual content within the examine of the traditional Mayan civilization. Morley was once relatively eager about the Mayan process of arithmetic; how they used a distinct mathematics and numbering approach to degree dates and time, and determine the calendar for which they're now well-known. a number of the glyphs used on constructions huge and small are analyzed, with myriad insights received from the styles, faces, and emblems the Mayan scribes used.

This e-book comprises over a hundred and eighty pictures and diagrams of Mayan artifacts, edifices and pills. initially taken and drawn by means of Morley and his assistants in the course of their researches, they're crucial for reading and figuring out the skill wherein Morley arrived at significant perception into the lengthy misplaced principal American civilization to which he committed many years of his existence. For people with an curiosity in getting to know the Mayas, or in archeology in most cases, Morley's e-book is still a valuable and beneficial resource.

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