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    • Cracking the Maya Code By: Elizabeth Gonzalez
    • Background
      • The Maya cities were found primarily in the jungles of southern Mexico and Central America
      • Cities were full of hieroglyphs, carvings were found on monuments, objects pained on pottery and written on bark paper books
    • Destruction of Maya Writings
      • During the 16 th century inquisition, Diego de Landa was a friar that destroyed many hieroglyphic writings because he claimed them to be tools of the devil
      • There was a great ceremony for the destruction in the middle of the plaza
      • Only 4 partial books survived, it took centuries of struggle to get what was lost
      • The main objective was to spread Catholicism. Mayas were tortured and arrested. Maya scribes were forced to learn European scripts.
    • The Great Cities
      • Around AD 200 great cities were built, Tikal, Palenque, and Copan
      • Around the 9 th century people vanished from cities
      • J Eric Thompson (1930-1960) dominated hieroglyphics. Came up with classification system with over 800 signs
      • There was a Russian Mayanist that tied pictures to sounds but was discredited due to politics
      • Tatiana found patterns for every 5 years. Always showed a picture of a sacrificial victim. Discovered they were life histories of rulers.
    • The Aftermath
      • David Stuart began ass a kid with hieroglyphics
      • Mayas used different hieroglyphs for same meaning
      • Hard work from several individuals cracked the Maya code, can be read aloud
      • Some glyphs can be read allowed
      • Some hieroglyphs depicted out of this world creatures, a lot of blood, scalping, disembowelment, crippled and burning showed violent side of Mayas