addition to impressive ruins such as Palenque Mexican here in the Maya have also left about 800 characters. Source: dpa
Dusseldorf The Maya built huge pyramids, were masters in arithmetic – and they left behind some 800 enigmatic characters. Now, researchers at the University of Bonn want to explore the hieroglyphs of the Maya and “Creating Dictionary of the Classical Maya” one. In 15 years, the research project
is terminated. It is a real labor of Sisyphus. Because in order to achieve the goal, will the ten-member team of researchers develop some 10,000 inscriptions from the period of 250 BC to 900 AD and digitize. Based on this, should be created as a database and printed dictionary. It is intended to reflect the entire vocabulary of the Maya.
Archaeologists have discovered on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula a large ruined city. Covering an area of more than 22 hectares and remains of numerous buildings, it was stated that Chactún one of the largest Maya settlements in the region, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced on Tuesday.
All photos by Mauricio Marat / National Institute of Anthropology and History
In the dense jungle of the State of Campeche have his team discovered the remains of pyramids and palaces, homes and fields for the ritual ball game of the Maya, said research leader Ivan Sprajc. The largest pyramid is 23 meters high
characteristic of the archaeological site are sometimes ornate stelae. On one of the columns to be read, the ruler K’inich B’ahlam have been placed there after Christ the red stone (or Great Stone) in the year 751. On the basis of these and other inscriptions, the scientists dated the heyday of the city on the so-called Late Classic Maya period from 600 to 900 AD
The researchers went to considerable pains to to arrive at their first exploring in recent weeks to the archaeological site. From a country road it went for two hours through the rainforest of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, only by jeep and then on foot. In the end, the scientists had to cut free the way with the machete
The most exciting part of the work, however, is yet to come so Sprajc. We are now ready to explore the relationships between Chactún and the already known groups of settlements in the neighborhood, Rio Bec and Chenes,
“The key for the font has to be found to get a glimpse of the ancient Indian culture before the arrival of European conquerors” so Nikolai Grube, head of the project.
Also, the grammar and spelling of the ancient Mayan language should be explored. Helpful is that still approximately six to eight million people in Mexico and Guatemala dominate around 30 Mayan languages. Through language comparisons, the researchers want the classic Maya reconstruct.“Globally, we are in Bonn, the Research Centre for the decipherment of Mayan writings,” the Altamerikanist mine says, not without pride. The long-term project is funded with a total of 5.4 million euros from federal and state governments.
30 to 40 percent of the Mayan glyphs are considered not yet been deciphered. Some texts have already been decrypted, but others not yet. “It’s like a crossword puzzle,” says Grube. “The more one has solved, the easier it is to fill in the white boxes.” But in some places bite you then but the teeth out. Meanwhile, the scientists found at least that there was an eastern and a western dialect of the Maya.