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