What mysterious writing system was finally deciphered by an obscure Soviet academic thanks to the notes of an evil 16th century bishop? Hint: Its calendering system is so complex it will take 7 slides just to summarize. Another hint: Many of the extant texts deal with the orbit of Venus, extreme body modification and hot chocolate. If you hadn’t already guessed from the title of the talk, it’s ancient Mayan! Come to UDLS tonight to learn the answer to such pressing questions as “How many different ways can a language write a /u/ syllable?”, “Just how wrong is Mel Gibson’s understanding of Meso-American history?” and many others!