Poppy West - genius and legendary code-cracker - needs a hideaway. But her clueless attempts at cracking the dating code bring out the rescuer in him, the teacher in him, even the gentleman in him.
Her borrowed desert island seems perfect - until she discovers the owner is the most dangerously sexy man she has ever laid eyes on... Sebastian Reyne never intended to teach Poppy all the delightful, enticing mysteries of flirtation.
One blaze was ignited by Diego de Landa, a zealous friar, bent on destroying one of the most original writing systems ever invented, Maya hieroglyphics.
Landa's mission was to convert the Maya to Catholicism in the Yucatan peninsula.
Upon learning they were still making offerings to ancient gods, he arrested and tortured thousands of Maya for "crimes of devil worship." He inflicted a primitive inquisition on them that was incredible in its ferocity, at the same time...while destroying everything that he could find that was what he would call superstition, in other words, a good part of their culture.
For the first time, NOVA presents the epic inside story of how the decoding was done—traveling to the remote jungles of southern Mexico and Central America to investigate how the code was broken and what Maya writings now reveal.
Imagine explorers arriving to find our cities deserted; our books have perished in some unknown catastrophe; all that is left to speak for us are the written words we have carved in stone.
The travelers cannot make sense of our mysterious script, but if they could, would they comprehend who we were?In the jungles of southern Mexico and Central America, the ancient ruins of the Maya posed such a mystery.They revealed a civilization of stunning achievements, created in isolation from Europe and Asia.Their cities were full of strange inscriptions, fantastic, twisting forms called hieroglyphs.They were carved on monuments and objects, painted on pottery and written in bark-paper books. Were they merely pictures and symbols, or, in fact, true writing, expressing an ancient language?For centuries, the hieroglyphs confounded explorers. In the 16th century, the flames of the Spanish Inquisition scorched the New World, decimating the Maya civilization.