Category Archives: Linguistics

Imaging Technology Being Used to Decipher Maya Inscriptions

A technology known as Reflection Transformation Imaging (RTI) is being utilized for the first time to help decipher Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions. RTI works by manipulating light on a photographic sequence in order to produce very high quality images. Researchers at … Continue reading

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Texts Reveal Cultural Life in Ugarit and Show Similarities with Arabic Language

(function() {var s = document.createElement(‘SCRIPT’), s1 = document.getElementsByTagName(‘SCRIPT’)[0];s.type = ‘text/javascript’;s.src = ‘’;s1.parentNode.insertBefore(s, s1);})(); Ancient texts found in the Syrian city of Ras Shamra, near ancient Ugarit, reveal a scribe’s lessons to his students on the alphabet. They also show that … Continue reading

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New Ancient Scottish Written Language Identified

Scotland’s Pict society, which existed between 300 and 843, created elaborate rock engravings, known now as Pictish Stones. The engravings, once thought to be a form of art, have recently been identified as a written language. “We know that the … Continue reading

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Book on Mayan Literature Draws Scholarly and Literary Praise

Dennis Tedlock’s 2000 Years of Mayan Literature has drawn wide acclaim since its recent publication in January. The book explores the growth and evolution of literature in the Mayan world from stone carvings to paper documents. It has been praised … Continue reading

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