From: Marca
Hello,
I'm researching the Mayans, and my advisor, Dr. McDonald, stated that you
may know whether the Mayans knew how to multiply. I'm finding conflicting
information on the internet, and anything you could provide would be greatly
appreciated.
Thank you.

Hi Marca.
Unfortunately, the Spanish conquerors destroyed almost all Mayan
documents. Although there exists ample evidence that the Mayans knew
how to calculate, there is no record of the actual calculations. This
comes from the
History of Mathematics
by Victor J. Katz, in 1998. On
pages 333  334 he provides what scholars believe to be a method that
they might have used.
Chris Fisher
