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    The Project on the Website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    Announcements, News, Press Review
    21. Oktober 2021
    Christian Prager
    Between decipherment and revitalisation: the writing culture of the Maya - for more than 150 years, it has been a scientific challenge: the Maya writing system. This is changing with the Academy project "Text Database and Dictionary of Classical Maya" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Since 2014, project leader Prof. Dr Nikolai Grube and his team have been deciphering Maya hieroglyphic texts and making it digitally accessible to the world.
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    Two Vessels from Xultun Workshops in the Tikal Center for Conservation and Research
    Publications, Research Notes
    31. August 2021
    Guido Krempel
    During the past decade the corpus of inscriptions pertaining to the Baax Witz court of Xultun has been significantly amplified thanks to recent archaeological investigations as well as newly identified polychrome vessels with dedicatory texts in private and institutional collections. Here we present two heretofore unpublished polychrome vessels of unknown provenance, both of which can be ascribed to the pottery workshops of Xultun. One of these vessels provides us with additional evidence for Ix Yax We’n Chaak, a female ruler whose existence has just recently been revealed thanks to new in situ finds. The other fragmented vessel can, by means of a comparative analysis, stylistically be attributed to a Late Classic palace workshop of Xultun that operated during the reign of Yax We’n Chan K’inich.
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    JOM: A Possible Reading for the “Star War” Glyph?
    Publications, Research Notes
    25. August 2021
    Tobias Mercer
    This research note is based on a chapter from my master’s thesis which discusses the possible readings of the Star War glyph. In that thesis, I attempt to provide the most up-to-date and complete examination of this sign. The insights gained from this investigation now allow us to draw new conclusions and re-evaluate our understanding of this enigmatic term. This article will discuss one of the new ideas that arose from this study, specifically a hypothesis that may yield a new reading proposal.
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    Fragment of a Maya Stela in the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève
    Announcements, News
    13. August 2021
    Christian Prager
    3D Scan of the top fragment of a Maya stela of unknown provenance, attributed to Aguateca by Michel Hoppan and Alexandre Solcà. Exhibited in the Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland (MEG Inv. ETHAM 050517). Limestone, 94 cm height and 65 cm width, relief depth 2 cm. Further documentation available at the Museum’s website https://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/en/musinfo_public.php?id=050517.
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