Astronomy in the Maya Codices
by Harvey and Victoria Bricker
Reviewed by Marta Barber
The last time Harvey and Victoria Bricker visited the IMS in July 2010, Harvey showed the attentive audience photos in his computer of their visit to the Museum of America in Madrid where the Brickers were conducting research on the Madrid Codex in anticipation of a new book they were writing. There was Harvey on his back, knees raised, under a glass case, paying close attention to the pages of the original manuscript of the Maya book. I can’t remember how many hours he said they would spend studying this invaluable document.
Dave Quarterson presents:
Reflections on The Road to Ruins
by Ian Graham
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to spend an evening with Ian Graham? A comfortable chair, a fire in the hearth and a 25-year-old bottle of Chivas Regal with two glasses. You could sit back and listen to a master tell of his 87-year-long journey from a self-professed lackluster student to a MacArthur Fellow – and one of the preeminent Maya archaeologists of our time. I just had that same experience reading Ian Graham’s marvelous autobiography, The Road to Ruins.
A Book Review by: Joaquin J. Rodriguez III, PE, SECB:
The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology
by James O’Kon, PE
I must admit that when I was given for review James O’Kon’s book, The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology, I was thrilled. As a structural engineer with other degrees in Chemistry and Physics, I was looking forward to a book written by a fellow engineer. I had read other articles by Mr. O’Kon, particularly his theory of the suspension bridge at Yaxchilan, and was looking forward to further data from him.
Book Review by Marta Barber
The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012
recently released by David Stuart, Ph.D.
The Classic Maya left written that the creation of the calendar cycle in which they were living took place on 220.127.116.11.0 4 Ahaw 8 Kumk’u (Aug. 13 – or 11–, 3114 BCE). This date involves three calendars: the 260-day t’zolkin, the 360-day-plus-five-day ha’b and the Long Count.
The t’zolkin is the divinatory calendar and it consists of 20 days, each with its glyph, one of which is Ahaw, day 20. These 20 days are repeated 13 times, thus 260.
Tulum – Be Your Own guide is an app for iPhone or iPad that provides directions to and information on items of interest at the site of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is designed to guide you around the site during a visit. When used onsite, the app uses your device's GPS to direct you to specific structures and other features around the site. No Wi-Fi or cellular data is used, so no need to worry about large data bills. Read on to find out why I think you should spend $0.99 for this app even if you don't plan on visiting Tulum any time soon.
by Keith Merwin, IMS Webmaster