Category Archives: Maya

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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Ingredients for "Maya Blue" Pigment Were Widely Mined

The ingredients of “Maya Blue,” a pigment used by the Classic Maya, may have been widely mined, an archaeologist reports. It was previously suggested that the ingredients were traded within the Yucatán Peninsula, and mined only in Mexico. Austin State … Continue reading

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Mayan Fountain Discovered by Archaeologists in Palenque

Archaeologists working at the Mayan urban center of Palenque have discovered a pressurized water system constructed 1,400 years ago. Palenque, located in southern Mexico, flourished in the 7th century AD. An anthropologist and civil engineer working on the site noted … 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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