The Reduction of Maya Dates

The Reduction of Maya Dates

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Author: Spinden, Herbert Joseph (1879-1967)

Year: 1924

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Place: Cambridge


xiii+286 pages with frontispiece and figures. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 6 3/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Papers of the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Volume VI, number 4. First edition.

The invention of the Central American calendar in the Seventh century before Christ may be described with all propriety as one of the outstanding intellectual achievements in the history of man. This calendar solved with conspicuous success the great problem of measuring and defining time which confronts all civilized nations. The measurement of time practically requires an ideal configuration of the universe since time is perceived in the mutual relations of earth, moon, planets and stars. Much can be learned about the cosmology of the Mayas in the rich symbolism of their sculpture monuments. the important thing resulting from the correlations explained in this paper is that we now have a day-for-day chronology for the key civilization of the New World in some respects more accurate than any classical record in the Old World.


Edge wear with some chips, spine ends chipped, pages unread overall about very good.

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