Research Note 10
In his sign catalog, Eric Thompson (1962:320–322) includes under sign no. 740 two graphs that are nearly identical. Their icon represents an upward-facing iguana head, but differ by a row of dots atop the mouth of one variant.
Research Note 9
The Lunar Series of Classic Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions still presents intriguing mysteries to the scholar. Although the significance of many of its elements has been discovered thanks to hundred years of research, there are still significant lacks of understanding.
Research Note 8
The present note will discuss a new reading of the initial hieroglyphic block (D1) of K’inich Janaab Pakal II’s (henceforth: Pakal) nominal phrase as recorded in the inscription on the Oval Palace Tablet at Palenque.
Research Note 7
This paper examines the hieroglyphic text carved on an Early Classic hieroglyphic step found in 1935 in Copan Structure 10L-11-Sub-12.
Research Note 6
Our understanding of Classic Maya politics relies to a large degree on hieroglyphic inscriptions recording wars, victories, and the taking of important captives.
Research Note 5
This epigraphic note explores the idea that Maya scribes invented and used a sign for “palm, guano” in their writing system. Epigraphic and linguistic data strongly support our hypothesis that the graph A27 renders the prototypical image of a guano or fan and denotes the generic botanical term XAN > xa’n, xaan, xan, meaning “palm”.
Research Note 4
This epigraphic note reviews David Stuart’s proposal for a t’a syllabogram and enriches the evidence for his reading by providing more examples in different productive contexts.
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.
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.
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.