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    The Project on the Website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
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    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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    Fragment of a Maya Stela in the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève
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    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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    Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Altar de los Reyes, Campeche
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    1. Mai 2021
    Christian Prager
    Images of stelae, altars and monuments from Altar de los Reyes, Campeche, are kindly provided by Ivan Šprajc and are added to the Maya Image Archive. All images are published under CC BY 4.0.
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    Annotator for the Linguistic Analysis of Maya Hieroglyphs (ALMAH)
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    18. April 2021
    Christian Prager
    Presentation by Cristina Vertan and Christian Prager about ALMAH, “Annotator for the Linguistic Analysis of Maya Hieroglyphs”, a JAVA-based tool allowing the semi-automatic generation of the phonemic transliteration of Maya hieroglyphic texts and enabling multi-level annotation and linguistic analysis of Maya inscriptions. Alternative readings can be entered, two or more decipherment proposals can be worked on in parallel, and thus the hieroglyphic texts can be analysed and translated with alternative proposals. ALMAH is based on a graph-data model. It reads the data from TEI documents and saves the annotated texts into an instance of OrientDB. Written in Java, it has a friendly user-interface and will be available as open-source to the research community. In this talk we present the data model and the functionality as well as the underlying TEI scheme allowing to encode Maya hieroglyphic texts formally and semantically. Cristina Vertan (programming, data model), Sven Gronemeyer (epigraphy, linguistics, metadata [until 2020]), Nikolai Grube (epigraphy), Christian Prager (epigraphy), Elisabeth Wagner (epigraphy) contributed to the concept and development of the tool and the underlying data model starting in 2016. Between 2015 and 2018 the underlying TEI schema for Maya writing was designed and implemented by Franziska Diehr, Uwe Sikora, Martin de la Iglesia, Sven Gronemeyer, Maximilian Behnert-Brodhun, Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner, Katja Diederichs and Nikolai Grube.
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