This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies
for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of
the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, this
manuscript includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant
in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication
practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries
A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex
originated in the Petén region of Guatemala and postdates European
contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by
demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern Yucatán
and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several
contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and
Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico.
Contributors include: Harvey M. Bricker, Victoria R. Bricker,
John F. Chuchiak IV, Christine L. Hernández, Bryan R. Just,
Merideth Paxton, and John Pohl. Additional support for this
publication was generously provided by the Eugene M. Kayden Fund at
the University of Colorado.
Subjects: Sociology, Archaeology, History, Language & Literature
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