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Elle Jauffret

The Beautiful Books of Ancient Maya: Codices


The Maya developed a hieroglyphic script (around 300 BCE), which contained signs representing words or sounds that could be combined and/or merged in different ways. This written language survived until about 1700 CE. 







They recorded their knowledge in codices (ancient manuscript texts in book form sometimes illustrated with images).






The Madrid Codex details how to carry out the rituals for each new-year ceremony.






The Maya invented a mathematical system to document the astronomical phenomena they observed and predicted. (Dots indicate the value of 1; lines indicate values of 5; a glyph with one dot indicate the value of 6, etc…) Their calendars were a combination of hieroglyphic script and numbers. 


Date shown below: January 2, 2016            May 24, 1982 Fire Flower's birthdate


To learn more about the Maya Civilization, click here.

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