In the 1970s, scholars come together at the site of Palenque to take the decipherment of Maya writing into a new era.
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Behind the Iron Curtain in the depths of the Cold War, Yuri Knorosov makes a breakthrough in the decipherment of Maya writing.
Spanish friar Diego de Landa burns the Maya books; Constantine Rafinesque uses a surviving book to take the first step in the decipherment of Maya writing.
The complexity and beauty of the Maya script gives it endless fascination but made it’s decipherment especially difficult.
Introduction to a feature documentary on the history of the Maya decipherment.