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JOM: A Possible Reading for the “Star War” Glyph?

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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Hieroglyphic Names of the King of La Amelia, the Petexbatun Region, Maya Lowlands, Terminal Classic

The only known ruler of La Amelia is mentioned in the inscriptions with two appellatives, which have been tentatively read as Lachan K’awiil and ˀAjaw Bot in previous publications. The present note revises these readings. A re-examination of the inscription on Hieroglyphic Stairway 1 showed that his first appellative is to be read as K’ahk‘ Hoplaj Chan K’awil, “As for the fire, it is (the rain god) K’awiil who is burning in the sky”. This reading is consistent a wide-spread onomastic formula, which was popular in the Eastern Maya Lowlands in the Classic Period. It is also suggested that the initial ˀa phonetic complement of his second appellative should be interpreted as an indication of a non-standard reading order. Thus, this widely accepted and tentative reading order ˀAjaw Bot receives a well-grounded interpretation.

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Maya Calendar Calculations

Maya Calendar Calculations: A Web Tool for the Calculation and Reconstruction of Maya Dates and Astronomical Information in Maya Hieroglyphic Texts Christian Prager1, Tobias Mercer1 1 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn As part of the Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan research project, we have been working on a web tool for calculating and reconstructing calendar dates and astronomical information in

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Maya Calendar Calculations

Ein WebTool zur Berechnung und Rekonstruktion von Mayadaten und astronomischen Informationen in den Hieroglyphentexten der Maya Christian Prager1, Tobias Mercer1 1 Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn Im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya arbeiten wir seit 2019 an einem WebTool für die Berechnung und Rekonstruktion von Kalenderdaten und astronomischen Informationen in den Hieroglyphentexten der Maya. Das Tool ist ab

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Yokib chanch’e’en, “el Cielo y el Pozo de Yokib”: historia sagrada y espacios primordiales de Piedras Negras

Between 687 and 692, K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II, ruler of Piedras Negras (Yokib), undertook and completed a radical remodeling of the Acropolis and the West Group Plaza, Yokib’s chanch’e’en. He consecrated and inaugurated this architectural work at the end of the K’atun 8 Ajaw (9.13.0.0.0, 8 Ahau 8 Uo, March 16, 692 A.D.). In front of Structure J-4 he erected Altar 1, an exceptional sculpture because of its large dimensions and long glyphic inscription. The monument records a chain of mythical, legendary, and historical events that, along with a future date, spans 7,906 years. All the events contained in that long period took place in Yokib’s chanch’e’en, whether in its buildings, mountains, or waterways. This vision of the primordial history of Piedras Negras showed the sacred nature of the settlement throughout the ages. Later, a panel and seven stelae were periodically erected in Structure J-4, in front of the altar, as a testimony to the periodic rituals dedicated to the ancestors and tutelary deities, and to the endurance and divine essence of the chanch’e’en.

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Guido Krempel

Master’s degree in Anthropology of the Americas, Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bonn in 2012. His M.A. thesis engaged in the documentation and epigraphic study of the inscriptions pertaining to Structure 4, Machaquila, Guatemala. Since 2009, co-editor and layouter of the journal “Mexicon. Journal of Mesoamerican Studies”; since 2010 scientific advisor for La Ruta Maya Foundation, Guatemala. From 2012-2016 auxiliary archaeologist and project epigrapher of the Regional Archaeological Project Uaxactun. Since 2019, doctoral candidate in Anthropology of the Americas on the subject “Continuity and change of representation forms in the monumental- and architectural sculptures of Tonina, Chiapas, Mexico (~500–1000 A.D.)”

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Guido Krempel

Magisterabschluss in Ethnologie und Altamerikanistik, Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie und Volkskunde (Kulturanthropologie) an der Universität Bonn in 2012. Seine Magisterarbeit beschäftigte sich mit der Dokumentation und epigraphischen Analyse der Inschriften von Gebäude 4 in Machaquila, Guatemala. Seit 2009 Mitherausgeber und Layouter der Zeitschrift „Mexicon. Zeitschrift für Mesoamerikaforschung“; seit 2010 wissenschaftlicher Berater für die La Ruta Maya Stiftung, Guatemala. Von 2012-2016 Behelfsarchäologe und Projektepigraphiker des Regional Archaeological Project Uaxacatun, Guatemala. Seit 2019 Promotionsstudent in Altamerikanistik mit dem Thema „Kontinuität und Wandel der Repräsentationsformen einer klassischen Maya Dynastie in der Monumental- und Bauplastik von Tonina, Chiapas, Mexiko (~500-1000 n.Chr.)“

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Tobias Mercer

Ausbildung zum Fachinformatiker (Anwendungsentwicklung), spezialisiert auf Web Development und Design, Abschluss 2014. Anschließend Zwei-Fach-B.A. Altamerikanistik und Ethnologie / Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

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Tobias Mercer

Trained IT Specialist (Software/Web Development and Design) since 2014. Followed by a bachelor’s degree in Ancient American Studies and Anthropology / Comparative Religious Sciences at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

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