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Welcome to the companion Web site to "Lost King of the Maya," originally broadcast on February 13, 2001. The film follows the work of archeologists who are using new excavations and hieroglyphic translations to interpret the early history of Copán, a Classic Maya site in northern Honduras. (For NOVA's April 2008 program on how Maya glyphs were translated, visit the "Cracking the Maya Code" program site.) Here's what you'll find online:
  • Tour Copán with David Stuart
    In these video clips, David Stuart, a world-renowned expert on the written language of the ancient Maya, guides you to some of Copán's greatest treasures.

  • Incidents of Travel
    In 1839, American journalist John Lloyd Stephens "discovered" Copán when a Mayan guide led him to the site. Read Stephens' riveting account of entering this magnificent lost city.

  • Map of the Maya World
    From Chichén Itzá in the north to Copán in the south, the Maya empire was vast, with hundreds of known sites. Familiarize yourself with 15 of the chief cities in this clickable map.

  • Reading Maya Hieroglyphs (Hot Science)
    The Maya invented a writing system so elaborate that experts have yet to completely decipher it. In this interactive feature, see if you can interpret some classic Maya hieroglyphs.

Plus Resources and a Teacher's Guide.

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Incidents of Travel | Tour Copán with David Stuart | Reading Maya Hieroglyphs
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