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Maya

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in history, latin-american studies

Solving the Maya Riddle : Exploring the Mystery of Through Archeology

Deep at the heart of Mexico and Central America stands the history of great civilization that lived as early as 1500 B .C . The Mayas are Mesoamerican Indians who occupied a nearly continuous territory in southern Mexico , Guatemala , and northern Belize . In the early 21st century some 70 Mayan languages were spoken by more than five million people , most of whom were bilingual in Spanish . Before the Spanish conquest of the Americas , the Maya possessed one of the greatest civilizations of the [banner_entry_middle]

Western Hemisphere . They practiced agriculture built great stone buildings and pyramid temples , worked gold and copper and made use of a form of hieroglyphic writing that has now largely been deciphered (Encyclopzhdia Britannica , 2006

Mayan civilization was acclaimed for their grandeur because they were the only people of America ‘s high cultures who developed glyph-script language capable of recording events , yet so far as is known they have left us little or nothing of themselves beyond certain calendric dates No other culture in the Americas , perhaps in the world , in so confined a space has had so much attention paid to it from every possible angle of approach . Few lost civilizations have had so distinguished a list of investigators . From the time of Christopher Columbus , the first white man to see them (1502 , down to the present turbulent times , when the Russian Dr . Yuri Knorosow (1955 ) claims to have a key to Maya glyphs there has been a veritable parade of people drawn by the air of mystery that hangs over the Maya civilization . Just recently , Adam Herring ‘s Art and Writing in Maya Cities , A .D . 600-800 : A Poetics of Line (2005 ) is an ambitious study of the cultural history of Maya calligraphy and a probing inquiry into ancient Maya aesthetics . Herring ‘s book takes as its frame of reference the Mayan word ts ‘ib , which is both polyvalent and plastic in its ancient and modern forms . Whereas “writing ” is a suitable translation , ts ‘ib ‘ is also a mark or line on a surface-or the act of making those marks-for which “painting ” and “drawing ” are appropriate translations , a fact substantiated by other scholars who have argued that Western analytical categories of text and image are therefore inappropriate for the Maya (O ‘Neil , September 2006

Looking upon the findings of the modern research and archeology of the ancient Mayan civilization , there is gargantuan mysteries that are yet to be uncovered . In this , we will browse through the findings that are available in take even a glimpse of how the Mayan civilization came to existence and why it came to its eventual decline

Chronicles of the Maya Civilization

Although the Mayas have been discovered many years ago , archaeologists and ethnohistorians has still a lot of work to do as they had produced vast quantities of new data about the Maya in the 1980s and 1990s Epigraphers have put forward an avalanche of new interpretations of glyphs and… [banner_entry_footer]

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