Who finally deciphered the hieroglyphic writings of the ancient Mayans? How was it accomplished? What did it tell us about them? It took two centuries of investigation to decode the contents of the Mayans' writings, and that linguistic detective work performed by a diverse group of people all over the world becomes the spellbinding journey taken by this documentary based on the book by Michael D. Coe. 116 min. Soundtrack: English; biography; photo gallery.