Once considered an unsolvable enigma, recent advances in the decipherment of the Maya writing system has not only shed light on the mechanics of the script, but also on the socio-political, artistic, and historical aspects of Maya civilization.
As a whole, the Maya people created the longest lasting civilization of the New World.
They used 20-day months, and had two calendar years: the 260-day Sacred Round, or . The 52-year period of time was called a "bundle" and meant the same to the Maya as our century does to us.
The Sacred Round of 260 days is composed of two smaller cycles: the numbers 1 through 13, coupled with 20 different day names.
Each of the day names is represented by a god who carries time across the sky, thus marking the passage of night and day.
The day names are Imix, Ik, Akbal, Kan, Chicchan, Cimi, Manik, Lamat, Muluc, Oc, Chuen, Eb, Ben, Ix, Men, Cib, Caban, Eiznab, Cauac, and Ahau.
The Maya hieroglypic writing is arguably one of the most visually striking writing systems of the world.
It is also very complex, with hundreds of unique signs or glyphs in the form of humans, animals, supernaturals, objects, and abstract designs.
Their culture endured through changes, wars, and disasters until it was suppressed by the Spanish conquest in the 16th and 17th centuries.This page contains much of the documentation that is included with the i Phone application Maya Date.If you received a Mayan date via email, you can read here about how the Mayan calendars worked, what the various glyphs mean, and how to read the graphics on your monument.Of these, only the Haab has a direct relationship to the length of the year.A typical Mayan date looks like this: .2.6, 3 Cimi 4 Zotz.