The Logogram JALAM

Research Note 3

Several logographic signs in Maya hieroglyphic writing resist decipherment because they occur only in a few and semantically very limited contexts. One of these idiosyncratic logograms is the sign which is listed as T284 in the Thompson catalogue. However, in the case of this sign, a series of syllabic spellings provides a key for its unequivocal decipherment.

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Tz’atz’ Nah, a “New” Term in the Classic Mayan Lexicon

Research Note 2

Inscriptions are a rich source for Classic Maya architectural terminology, which is rather descriptive and includes a number of building names and general architectural terms ending with the generic nah. Study of the Temple of the Sun sanctuary tablet has revealed another architectural term previously unknown in the Maya epigraphic record.

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Evaluating the Digital Documentation Process from 3D Scan to Drawing

Working Paper 2

The “Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan” project acquired a Breuckmann smartSCAN C5 fringe projection scanner for high-resolution and three-dimensional documentation of Maya artefacts with texts. Renderings of the stereolithographic mesh can be used to create (digital) line drawings for the project’s repository.

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A Ceramic Vessel of Unknown Provenance in Bonn

Research Note 1

This initial epigraphic note by the members of the “Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan” project is dedicated to text and image of a hitherto unpublished ceramic vessel that is on display in the Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung (BASA) at Bonn University.

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Zum Ende der Projektlaufzeit wird ein gedrucktes Wörterbuch ediert und veröffentlicht. Aktuelle Vorversionen werden im Laufe des Projekts als Open Access für die Öffentlichkeit als durchsuchbare Datenbank bereitgestellt.

Neben der Inschriftendatenbank werden wir ebenfalls eine breite Sammlung von Arbeitspapieren anbieten, die sich mit den verschiedensten Fragestellungen zur Maya-Schrift, der Korpuslinguistik, den Digital Humanities und anderen, relevanten Fragen des Forschungsvorhabens auseinandersetzen. Wir wollen damit nicht nur Standards in der Epigraphik setzen, sondern auch Diskussionen zur Zukunft unserer Disziplin entfachen.