Ancient Language

The Lizard King (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:14

by Stephen Houston (Brown), David Stuart (UT-Austin), and Marc Zender (Tulane)

The Maya region abounds in reptiles: by one count there are as many as 240 distinct species in Guatemala alone. It would not be surprising, then, if the Classic

Information Storage & the Classic Maya (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:31

by Stephen Houston, Charles Golden, and Andrew Scherer

Of late, university libraries have tended to exile books and print journals to off-campus storage. The purge makes room, as at Brown University, for “digital studios,” work spaces, and spots where students

Getting Stoned (in the Grolier Codex) (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Sat, 04/08/2017 - 13:00

by Stephen Houston, Brown University

The celebrated Relación of Bishop Diego de Landa (1524–79) offers, in the edition by Alfred Tozzer—a volume in part ghosted, according to rumor, by many Harvard graduate students—a full array of horrors for those who transgressed

On Dragons, Whales, and Wits’ (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:56

by Stephen Houston, Brown University

Karlštejn castle, in the Czech Republic, guards a curious relic: the skull of a Nile crocodile thought by its owner, Emperor Charles IV (1316–1378), to come from a dragon. Indeed, to Charles, this might have been the

The Universe in a Maya Plate (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Sat, 03/04/2017 - 15:27

by James Doyle, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Stephen Houston, Brown University

Expressing metaphors for a constantly shifting reality is a human universal, especially during the mid-8th century AD. At that time, in the center of

Puzzle Writing (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Mon, 02/13/2017 - 15:34

by Stephen Houston, Brown University

For Justin Kerr, with boundless admiration

Transparency is not always the aim of . Signs can also baffle and please by means of scribal ingenuity. Sometimes the puzzle relates to esoteric matters or “magical” diagrams, as in “Sator

Sanskrit Quote for Suresh Yadav Pullagura (Sanskrit)

Submitted by Syndicator on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 09:50
Sanskrit Quote:
Shreemad Bhagawad Geeta Chapter 4 Verse 39

श्रद्धावाल्लँभते ज्ञानं तत्परः संयतेंद्रियः। 

ज्ञानं लब्ध्वा परां शांतिमचिरेणाधिगच्छति॥ 

English Translation of Sanskrit Quote:

The faithful one, attentively focused, who has conquered the senses, achieves transcendental knowledge
and having achieved transcendental knowledge, quickly attains supreme peace.

An Intriguing Date on the Tz’unun Panel (Maya Decipherment)

Submitted by Syndicator on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:44

by David Stuart, The University of Texas at Austin

tzunun-block

Figure 1. Inscribed block from Tz’unun, Belize (Photograph by Bruce Love)

The latest issue of the journal Mexicon has on its cover a photograph of a inscribed panel recently discovered at