Cracking the Maya Code

This one-hour program is divided into five chapters. The Forgotten Maya Temples. In 1774, Spanish explorer Jose Calderon rediscovers the temples of Palenque and the ancient hieroglyphs of the Maya, a people whose culture was decimated by the Spanish conquistadors.

A Hidden History. Toiling away in the basement of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, archeologist Tatiana Proskouriakoff discovers that Maya monuments contain a decipherable history rather than mere pictures and symbols.

Political Roadblock. Working behind the Iron Curtain, Russian linguist Yuri Knorosov posits that Maya glyphs may represent sounds, but his ideas are discredited in the West.

Child’s Play. David Stuart submits his first scholarly paper on glyphs at age 12 and later becomes a major player in Maya studies with his advances in script decipherment.

Cultural Revelations. An image of the ancient Maya comes to life, and their descendants in modern-day Mexico and Central America begin to relearn their lost language and history.

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  • Salvus

    Absolutely astonishing. It saddens me that some people will never know, nor care about this type of thing. How much they dont realise they are missing out on.

  • abraham

    Amazing. I wonder how much information was lost in all those burned books. what a shame.

  • E-doe

    Amazing! One of the most eye-opening docs I have seen in ages! 

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this, thanks 🙂

  • Thoroughly enjoyed this, thanks 🙂

  • Mia

    Great documentary, I’ve always found the mayas very interesting. I would love to find out more about the mayan calander! 

  • Certainly not more spiritually advanced than any other human civilization. Not really worse, but certainly not better.

  • Mn Austrian

    Incredible. Makes you wish you could travel back in time.

  • poop

    This is all bullshit. It was translated into dictionaries in the 1600’s by franciscan monks and mayans who spoke spanish.

  • Mike

    Tell ARTE that blocking knowledge makes you as worthless and guilty as those who burned out the library of Alexandria. There are other way to deal with copyright.