most works written in the script were destroyed as pagan by Spanish priests.
only true writing system developed in the pre-Columbian Americas.
found on stelae (standing stone slabs), stone lintels, sculpture, and pottery, as well as on the few surviving Mayan books, or codices.
The codices were made of fig-bark paper folded like an accordion; their covers were of jaguar skin.
normally written in blocks ordered in columns two blocks wide. Each block corresponded to a noun or verb phrase. The blocks in the columns would be read left to right, from the top to the bottom
combine logograms (symbols) with syllabic (sounds related to words) glyphs,
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