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Coe concludes with a swipe at "dirt archaeologists" who believe the decipherment of Maya writing "is not worthy of notice." According to them, he asserts, "the Maya inscriptions are 'epiphenomenal,' a ten-penny word meaning that Maya writing is only of marginal application since it is secondary to those more primary institutions--economy and society--so well studied by the dirt archaeologists." Coe sees that attitude as "sour grapes" and ascribes it to "the inability or unwillingness of anthropologically trained archaeologists to admit that they are dealing with the remains of real people, who once lived and spoke."
Then I found Coe's fascinating and exciting book on the decipherment of the Mayan script.
With lively and repeatedly witty prose, Michael Coe has written an excellently readable history of the decipherment of the Maya glyphs.
People looking answers on the how the decipherment was acomplished will definite like this book.
Having worked in academia for a number of years, Coe's story of overbearing professors belittling opposing views on a personal level, of scholars unwilling to grant even the... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bob Newman
I thoroughly enjoyed the historical details and storyline. Fascinating and entertaining.Published 5 months ago by S. Deering
Interesting, , but could have been a 5-star book, as it was written by Michael Coe. However, the book didn't quite work as a combination of science and personalities... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Maggie Bee
I consider myself fairly educated, having a Masters Degree, and being a physician, but after reading the first chapter, and finding at least 15 words I had never heard, I started... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert Slack
This book was well done. And shows you history of the Mayan people. This was a well organized culture and we need to learn to respect all old civilizations.Published 15 months ago by eloisa daniel
I grew up in the 60's - 70's and have always wondered about the Maya. Interesting that decipherment was delayed for 40 years due to egotism. Read morePublished 17 months ago by dale e roberts
This book provides a thorough discussion of the progress...and regressions...in the decryption of Mayan writing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by oldfan