Recent developments in Maya epigraphic research

Authored by: Mallory E. Matsumoto , Nicholas P. Carter

The Maya World

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138492837
eBook ISBN: 9781351029582
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Following a whirlwind of linguistic decipherment from the 1980s to 2000s, Maya epigraphy has collectively shifted focus toward the hieroglyphic script’s social, political, and cultural aspects. Such research, supported by ongoing archaeological discoveries and engagement with non-epigraphic analysis, has significantly advanced our understanding of Classic Maya civilization. Following broader trends in the humanities, epigraphers are increasingly integrating digital technologies and methods into their work as well. Yet the field also faces unfolding challenges that include disagreements over dissemination and publication practices, the evolving profile of its practitioners, and imbalances in existing studies of a hieroglyphic corpus that continues to expand.

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