The Maya Astronomical Computer, by Charles H. Lacombe and [REDACTED], Winter 1977

This paper presents evidence of a visual astronomical computer which would have enabled Maya astronomer-priests to accomplish complex astronomical calculations simply and accurately.

Their observations were recorded in hieroglyphic books, in which they developed tables for prediction. Three surviving books-the Dresden, Paris, and Madrid codices-contain such tables, with the explanations and specific applications.

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