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The Madrid Codex


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Contents List of Illustrations Foreword by David Carrasco and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Preface Acknowledgments List of Contributors List of Abbreviations 1 Research Methodologies and New Approaches to Interpreting the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail and Anthony F. Aveni Part I Provenience and Dating of the Madrid Codex 2 The Paper Patch on Page 56 of the Madrid Codex, Harvey M. Bricker 3 Papal Bulls, Extirpators, and the Madrid Codex: The Content and Probable Provenience of the M. 56 Patch, John F. Chuchiak 4 Tayasal Origin of the Madrid Codex: Further Consideration of the Theory, Merideth Paxton Part II Calendrical Models and Methodologies for Examining the Madrid Almanacs 5 Maya Calendars and Dates: Interpreting the Calendrical Structure of Maya Almanacs, Gabrielle Vail and Anthony F. Aveni 6 Intervallic Structure and Cognate Almanacs in the Madrid and Dresden Codices, Anthony F. Aveni 7 Haab Dates in the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail and Victoria R. Bricker 8 A Reinterpretation of Tzolk'in Almanacs in the Madrid Codex, Gabrielle Vail Part III Connections Among the Madrid and Borgia Group Codices 9 In Extenso Almanacs in the Madrid Codex, Bryan R. Just 10 The Inauguration of Planting in the Borgia and Madrid Codices, Christine Hern ndez and Victoria R. Bricker 11 "Yearbearer Pages" and Their Connection to Planting Almanacs in the Borgia Codex, Christine Hern ndez Part IV The Madrid Codex in the Context of Mesoamerican Traditions 12 Screenfold Manuscripts of Highland Mexico and Their Possible Influence on Codex Madrid: A Summary, John M.D. Pohl Index

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Gabrielle Vail is a research scholar at New College of Florida and a specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing. She is the coeditor of Papers on the Madrid Codex (with Victoria Bricker). Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropolgy, and Native Amerifan Studies at Colgate University. He has researched and written about Maya Astronomy for more than four decades. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard's Peabody Museum.


"The Madrid Codex offers a new and nuanced understanding of one of the few surviving Maya hieroglyphic books, a porthole into the ancient Maya mind and a poignant reminder of how much was in a world now lost. [It is] a barrage of scholarship from leading scholars in everything from iconography to archaeoastronomy. . . . The Madrid Codex, on the basis of the impressive scholarship in every chapter of this book, now takes its place as a crucial document of this cultural ferment and fusion."
- Antiquity
"The exciting new approaches to interpreting the codices will make this a volume essential for those studying the Postclassic Maya."
- Susan Milbrath, University of Florida
"I cannot think of another interdisciplinary study in Mesoamerican cultures that has produced such innovative results."
- Dav d Carrasco, Harvard University

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