The authors present evidence that specific place names do exist in Maya inscriptions, and show that identifying these names sheds considerable light on both past and present questions about the Maya.
Despite its seemingly specialized topic, this book should appeal to a wider audience. The study represents another step forward in the process of unraveling the meaning of Maya inscriptions, and brings to the forefront questions that can only be answered through interdisciplinary research.
The discovery of place names by itself should be acclaimed as one of the great breakthroughs in the history of Maya hieroglyphic decipherment.
David Stuart is Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.
Stephen D. Houston is Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University.