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Lost King of the Maya
Tour Copán with David Stuart

David Stuart began deciphering Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions at the age of eight, and at 18 he became the youngest recipient of a MacArthur "genius grant." Now at Harvard University's Peabody Museum, he is a world-renowned expert on the written language of the ancient Maya. Among other fieldwork in Mexico and Guatemala, he is part of an ongoing project to record and preserve the monumental Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán in Honduras. In this series of film clips, join Stuart as he guides you to some of Copán's greatest treasures.

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Hieroglyphic Stairway
Deciphering glyphs
Maya Number System
1 Hieroglyphic Stairway
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2 Deciphering glyphs
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3 Maya Number System
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Proskouriakoff's breakthrough
Stela 63
Evidence of burning
4 Proskouriakoff's breakthrough
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5 Stela 63
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6 Evidence of burning
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'The child of the father'
Earliest royal carving
The ninth baktun
1 "The child of the father"
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8 Earliest royal carving
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9 The ninth baktun
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Ruler 2
Stela 1
The Maya calendar
10 Ruler 2
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11 Stela 1
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12 The Maya calendar
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'He casts incense'
Altar Q
Yax K'uk Mo'
13 "He casts incense"
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14 Altar Q
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15 Yax K'uk Mo'
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Yax Pac
Altar L

16 Yax Pac
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17 Altar L
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Did you notice the Maya numerals used to number these video clips? For more on how the Maya designated numbers, see Reading Maya Hieroglyphs.

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