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Laura Caso Barrera


Maya speaker. She also translates from the indian languages Itza and Mopan. Member of the National Research System. Ph.D. in History (2000) by El Colegio de México. Master in Social and cultural Antropology by the Calgary Universtiy. Alberta Canada. Her research interests are the mayan groups in Yucatan, and Guatemala, using mainly writen sources produced by the indians in their native languages. She has published widely several articles for international magazines and been invited as a lecturer worldwide. Among her most important publications: Caminos en la selva. Migración, comercio y resistencia. Mayas yucatecos e itzaes, siglos XVII-XIX. published by El Colegio de México and Fondo de Cultura Económica.

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The reading and writing of the Maya culture

Session 64 | Room Anahuac room 1
Friday 30 October | 17:20 – 18:00

Duration: 40 minutes

The Maya hieroglyphs, are the writing system of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of Mesoamerica. The decipherment of the writing was a long and laborious process. Nineteenth century and early 20th century investigators managed to decode the Maya numbers and portions of the texts related to astronomy and the Maya calendar but the most important breakthrough has been the fact that the Maya hieroglyphs are built with a sylabic basis. The Maya is actually the only deciphered Mesoamerican writing system.

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