This collection contains two typed copies of a manuscript entitled "The Maya Year at the Inauguration of the Calendar" by
N. Cordy. The manuscript is 14 pages long and was written in July 1940.
The Maya calendar is a system of calendars used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and in many modern communities in highland Guatemala
and in Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. The essentials of the Maya calendar are based upon a system which had been in
common use throughout the region, dating back to at least the 5th century BCE. It shares many aspects with calendars employed
by other earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Zapotec and Olmec, and contemporary or later ones such as the Mixtec
and Aztec calendars. Although the Mesoamerican calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements
of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented.
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