Article ID: CBB809495495

Discovering Discovery: Chich’en Itza, the Dresden Codex Venus Table and 10th Century Mayan Astronomical Innovation (2016)

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A new reading of Dresden Codex Page 24, the “Preface” to the Venus Table, is presented, demonstrating a much-improved overall coherence. This reading of hieroglyphic text, mathematical intervals, and calendric data specifically identifies the Mayan Long Count dates of the Venus Table’s historical correction. The resulting Long Count placement of the manuscript’s Venus Table suggests that it was an indigenous astronomical discovery made at Chich’en Itza, possibly under the patronage of K’ak’ U Pakal K’awiil — one of the most prominent historical figures in the inscriptions of the city during its “epigraphic florescence.” Revealing the logic underlying the construction of the page, the revised reading suggests a slightly less-accurate approximation to Venus’s synodic period than the traditional interpretation allows, but introduces a justification for the graphical layout of Page 24 that is more straightforward than traditional interpretations.

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Authors & Contributors
Iwaniszewski, Stanislaw
Aldana, Gerardo Villalobos
Stuart, David C.
Gullberg, Steven
Moyano, Ricardo
Galindo Trejo, Jesús
Journals
Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Journal of Skyscape Archaeology
Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture
Archeoastronomy (Supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy)
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Science
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
University Press of Colorado
Concepts
Mayan civilization
Archaeoastronomy
Aztecs
Incas
Amerindians
Calendars
Time Periods
Precolumbian period (America)
9th century
Ancient
8th century
15th century
16th century
Places
Central America
Mesoamerica
Mexico
Guatemala
Argentina
Mexico City (Mexico)
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