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How the internet is fast unravelling mysteries of the Mayan script
Washington Post via Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | Guy Gugliott

Posted on 05/29/2013 7:53:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Online collaborators are decoding ancient glyphs that for hundreds of years refused to give up their secrets

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Meso-American civilisation...

The Maya script began to give up its secrets in the 1950s and 1960s, and progress accelerated in the 1970s. But much remains to be puzzled out from the immense body of carvings and inscriptions that has languished for centuries in jungle ruins and museum closets.

Enter University of Texas archaeologist David Stuart, one of the world's leading experts in Maya script...

So five years ago, Stuart started up Maya Decipherment, a blog for scholars and amateurs to post new inscriptions, refine translations and debate the subtleties of Mayan language, all in an effort to fill out the history of the civilisation. The work will take years, but with the help of the internet, the pace is quicker than it has ever been.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; mayan; mayans
Breaking the code ... The Dos Pilas archaeological site in Guatemala. Photograph: David S Stuart/University of Texas

Breaking the code ... The Dos Pilas archaeological site in Guatemala. Photograph: David S Stuart/University of Texas

1 posted on 05/29/2013 7:53:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 05/29/2013 7:53:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I highly recommend this book...
3 posted on 05/29/2013 7:55:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SunkenCiv
About that December 21st thing....

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4 posted on 05/29/2013 7:55:38 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Top Line...EAT AT JOE’S!

Bottom Lines....BE SURE TO DRINK YOUR OVALTINE!


5 posted on 05/29/2013 7:56:44 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Now if we could only understand owebama care


6 posted on 05/29/2013 8:00:06 PM PDT by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: SunkenCiv; a fool in paradise

“I’ll be here all week!”
“Be sure to try the pork chops at the buffet!”


7 posted on 05/29/2013 8:00:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bump for reference.


8 posted on 05/29/2013 8:02:37 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Top line: Gringo, don’t drink the water.


9 posted on 05/29/2013 8:03:52 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Drink your Ovaltine”


10 posted on 05/29/2013 8:13:02 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Rannug
Now if we could only understand owebama care

isnt it like picking corn out of poop cause you had to pass it to see what was in it

11 posted on 05/29/2013 8:19:42 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: SunkenCiv

Elegant script....


12 posted on 05/29/2013 8:42:46 PM PDT by Paladin2 (;-))
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To: SunkenCiv

“Eat at Tlojcolphac’loxaqueztls!”


13 posted on 05/29/2013 9:13:49 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: SunkenCiv

14 posted on 05/29/2013 9:16:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

“All your Quexotl are belong to us?” Lame.


15 posted on 05/29/2013 9:17:50 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SunkenCiv

“Dear Mayan Forvm — I never thought that this would happen to me....”


16 posted on 05/29/2013 9:44:25 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< | :)~)
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To: Billthedrill

All the lost languages were broken by little people—not big time scholars. Now if we can break the Easter Island Rongo-Rongo Boards...


17 posted on 05/29/2013 9:55:19 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: SunkenCiv

Crowdsourcing, proving over and over again that talent isn’t unique. Yet, how can they ‘translate’ anything without a reference like the Rosetta Stone?


18 posted on 05/30/2013 2:33:46 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: BenLurkin

I watched a documentary by the same name. I found it facinating.


19 posted on 05/30/2013 4:58:46 AM PDT by Thidwick
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To: bigheadfred

Now if we could only understand owebama care
>>>>isnt it like picking corn out of poop cause you had to pass it to see what was in it
lol Good one


20 posted on 05/30/2013 5:28:23 AM PDT by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: SunkenCiv

It says, and I quote, “Stop illegal immigration now!”


21 posted on 05/30/2013 6:24:32 AM PDT by stockpirate (F. Douglass, "A man's rights rest in three boxes: ballot box, jury box, and ammo box)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s a recipe for axolotl pudding.


22 posted on 05/30/2013 8:39:27 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

A number of years ago while on vacation in Honduras I had the good fortune of spending a day viewing the Mayan ruins in Copan. One thing I found out is that they weren’t very friendly to their neighbors........


23 posted on 05/30/2013 8:48:01 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: SunkenCiv


"People of the future, beware of seven plagues: liberalism, taxes, unions, RINOs, public schools, boob belts and NYT/CBS/NPR. We know not what these things are, but be warned that they will tell you to embrace them for the children at your peril. Their gods will be a big-eared small-minded Kenyan and a mean white woman with fat ankles who throws ashtrays."
24 posted on 05/30/2013 7:34:38 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SunkenCiv

Obama SUCKS!


25 posted on 05/30/2013 7:37:03 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

They liked the flavor though.


26 posted on 05/30/2013 7:59:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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