The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book, the oldest surviving from the Americas, dating to the 13th or 14th century. The codex was rediscovered in the city of Dresden, Germany, hence the book’s present name. It is located in the museum of the Saxon State Library.
The book suffered serious water damage during World War II. The pages are made of Amate, 8 inches (20 cm) high, and can be folded accordion-style; when unfolded the codex is 12 feet (3.7 m) long. It is written in Mayan hieroglyphs and refers to an original text of some three or four hundred years earlier, describing local history and astronomical tables.