2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya
by Mark Van Stone

“2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya”, is a full-color, 172-page book inspired by Maya inscriptions, astronomical knowledge, math, and myth.
2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya
Prof.  Van Stone has spent the last several years researching what the Ancient Maya actually said about 2012. The result is based entirely on science, archaeology, decipherment, and Precolumbian art. (No channeling of ancient priests! No Planet X!)  Large and beautiful, 169 pages,  richly illustrated in color throughout.  To make this arcane material as accessible as possible, he examines  the phenomenon in 38 short, digestible essays, which one can read in any order. It is eminently browsable.

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Review of 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

“…Van Stone draws upon a rich and detailed knowledge of an enormous corpus of Maya inscriptions, monuments, and artwork.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, Van Stone’s slim volume is extraordinarily thick.  It is lavishly illustrated with abundant, full-color illustrations of monuments, painted vases, stelae, and artifacts.  It meticulously documents epigraphic decipherments, helping the reader to understand the nature of the available texts and to see what has and hasn’t been recorded.  As such it provides a rich sourcebook of images not only for following his detailed exposition of current thinking on Maya cosmology but also for undertaking future investigations long after 2012 has passed.”
Hoopes, John, review pp. 139-145 in Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture.  Vol. 22, 2009 University of Texas Press, Ausin.  Complete Review:  End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012 and 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya
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Reading the Maya Glyphs
by Michael D. Coe & Mark Van Stone

A fun and user-friendly guide for both scholars and avocational Maya enthusiasts. — Archaeology
Maya Glyphs
Aids students, tourists, and armchair travelers in reading and understanding commonly encountered Maya texts. — Science News

Ideal for use in courses on Maya or Mesoamerican history, or for studying the history of writing. — Historian

Succeeds on all fronts, featuring clear, detailed, color-contrasted drawings and numerous photographs and exercises. — Choice

The best single introduction to Maya writing, one of the most beautiful but difficult scripts in the world. — Stephen Houston, author of Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya

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Celtic knots: Techniques and Aesthetics
by Mark Van Stone

A brief history and introduction to the actual techniques used by early Christian monks in Ireland, the British Isles, and the continent, to make what we call Celtic knotwork.
Celtic Knots: Techniques and aesthetics
Prof. Van Stone discovered this and other art techniques in 1972, and has taught them to thousands of calligraphers and enthusiasts for almost four decades. There are several instruction books purporting to teach you How To Make Celtic Art, but none as simple and direct as this. What worked 1300 years ago works today.

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Illuminated Alphabet
by Mark Van Stone

“The Development of the Medieval Decorated Letter” is a four-color poster designed and printed in the 1980’s by master illuminator and script historian Mark Van Stone.
The Evolution of the Medieval Decorated Letter poster
Each letter is in a different Medieval style, arranged in chronological order: the A is based on the earliest decorated letterforms, found in the 4th-century Codex Augusteus. The B, C, and D, are in 5th and 6th-century Italian and French manuscript styles, while the E comes from the early-6th-century Byzantine Vienna Dioscurides Codex. The F is from the Irish Cathach of St, Columba, and so on, till Z, based on a manuscript illuminated by Hans Holbein in the 16th century.

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