Programme

The reading and writing of the Maya culture

Friday 30 October, 17:20 (40 minutes)

Laura Caso Barrera, ,

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.