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Welcome to The Paris Codex!

This site contains a digital version of an ancient Maya hieroglyphic book called the Paris Codex. The images were taken from a photograhic record of the ancient book, created by Theodore A. Willard in 1933. The original is still preserved today at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France. It is one of only four pre-Columbian Maya hieroglyphic manuscripts that have survived the book burnings of the Spanish Conquest.

Scholars believe that these books hold many insights into the Maya civilization. The purpose of this site is to make the photographic images of the pages of the Paris Codex
available to the public - to see, interpret and use in their studies of this ancient civilization.

This digital version of the Paris Codex was created by Northwestern University Library's Digital Media Services.  

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