40 Works

Ein TEI-Metadatenschema für die Auszeichnung des Klassischen Maya

Petra Maier
Anfang 2014 startete das durch die Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste geförderte Projekt “Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya” (TWKM) unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Nikolai Grube (Abteilung für Altamerikanistik an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Bonn). Das Projekt, das in Kooperation mit dem Forschungsverbund TextGrid (unter der Leitung der Niedersächsischen Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen) und der Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn durchgeführt wird, hat eine geplante Gesamtlaufzeit von 15 Jahren; der Gesamtprojektplan gliedert...

The Creation of a TEI Metadata Schema for Cataloging Classic Mayan Texts

Petra Maier
Early 2014 saw the initiation of the project “Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des klassischen Maya” (TWKM, Interdisciplinary Dictionary of Classic Mayan) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Nikolai Grube (Department of Anthropology of the Americas, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bonn), with funding from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts. The project, which is being conducted in cooperation with the TextGrid research group (under the direction of the Göttingen State and University Library)...

Annual Report 2014

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun, Franziska Diehr & Petra Maier
The incompletely deciphered hieroglyphic script and language of the Maya constitutes the primary focus of the research project under discussion here, which is being carried out cooperatively by the Universities of Bonn and Göttingen. The project’s goal is to compile a text database and, on this basis, a dictionary of Classic Mayan. Approximately 10,000 text and image carriers have survived from the the time of the Maya culture’s fluorescence between A.D. 250 and 950, and...

Jahresabschlussbericht 2015

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun & Franziska Diehr
Die nur teilweise entzifferte Hieroglyphenschrift und Sprache der Mayakultur steht im Mittelpunkt des hier zur Diskussion stehenden Forschungsprojekts, das in Kooperation zwischen den Universitäten Bonn und Göttingen durchgeführt wird.

The Signs 740 and 812 for SIH “Gift”: Representation and Meaning in the Maya Codices

Christian M. Prager
In his sign catalog, Eric Thompson (1962:320–322) includes under sign no. 740 two graphs that are nearly identical. Their icon represents an upward-facing iguana head, but differ by a row of dots atop the mouth of one variant.

A Formerly Unknown Fragment from the Hieroglyphic Stairway of La Amelia, Guatemala

Guido Krempel
This brief note is aimed to present a fragment of a hitherto unpublished Late Classic Maya relief carving (Figures 1 and 2) in the collection of La Ruta Maya Foundation, Guatemala (Registro de Bienes Culturales [Registry of Cultural Heritage] Inv.-No. 1.2.179.85).

Punctuation Marks in Ceramic Texts

Nikolai Grube
The use of punctuation marks has not been documented for classic Maya hieroglyphic writing so far. However, we know from colonial Yucatec dictionaries of the 16th and 17th century that there was a term for inserting such marks. Two dictionaries, the San Francisco dictionary and the Diccionario de la Lengua Maya by Juan Pio Pérez mention terms such as t'a h ts'ib "tilde, puntos en la escritura" and u t'ahal sabak, which are compounds based...

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

Dimitrios Markianos-Daniolos
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...

A Preliminary Inventory of the Karl Herbert Mayer Photographic Collection, Graz

Christian Prager
This is the first in a series of technical reports that will be presented by members of the research project Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya (TWKM), which was recently initiated in the Department of Anthropology of the Americas at the University of Bonn. The goal of this report series is to provide information about recent research activities, to document work‐in‐progress and to provide technical background information concerning the computational infrastructure of the project. The...

A Possible Logograph XAN “Palm” in Maya Writing

Christian Prager & Elisabeth Wagner
This epigraphic note explores the idea that Maya scribes invented and used a sign for “palm, guano” in their writing system. Epigraphic and linguistic data strongly support our hypothesis that the graph A27 renders the prototypical image of a guano or fan and denotes the generic botanical term XAN > xa’n, xaan, xan, meaning “palm”.

Jun Yop Ixiim – Another Appellative for the Ancient Maya Maize God

Elisabeth Wagner
The present note will discuss a new reading of the initial hieroglyphic block (D1) of K’inich Janaab Pakal II’s (henceforth: Pakal) nominal phrase as recorded in the inscription on the Oval Palace Tablet at Palenque.

Abstraction through the Merger of Iconic Elements in Forming New Allographs: The Logogram 539

Sven Gronemeyer
One contributor to the calligraphic complexity of Classic Maya writing is the ability afforded by the script to create allographs. There are examples with multiple stages of extraction and simplification to create allographs. In order to create a unique graph, distinctive parts of the feline WAY icon are merged into the well-known allograph with its right half covered in jaguar fur, although both allographs represent the very same sign.

Shedding New Light on the Maya Stela from Hix Witz in Stuttgart

Christian M. Prager, Sven Gronemeyer & Elisabeth Wagner
A Maya stela with a hieroglyphic text and a portrayal of a Maya ruler that is now in the collections of the Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany (inventory no. M 30751), has received scant attention from scholars to date 1). This stela is the focus of current research by the authors as members of the project “Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan”, who have been collaborating with Doris Kurella of the Linden Museum since...

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

Sara Isabel García Juárez
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...

A Logogram for YAH \"Wound\"

Nikolai Grube
Among the many logographic signs which so far have escaped decipherment is a head sign which shows a V-shaped stepped design in its interior. The sign has been identified by Eric Thompson (1962) as T1078, and by Martha Macri and Mathew Looper (2003) as PE3. A closer look at the sign shows that its full form includes a small attached prefix with “darkness” markings. The example on a shell from Piedras Negras Burial 13 shows...

A Ceramic Vessel of Unknown Provenance in Bonn

Christian Prager, Sven Gronemeyer & Elisabeth Wagner
This initial epigraphic note by the members of the “Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan” project is dedicated to the text and imagery of a hitherto unpublished ceramic vessel that is on display in the Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung (BASA) at the University of Bonn. The first object from the museum’s Maya collection to be described dates to the Late Classic Period (600 to 900 A.D.) and is a cylindrical, flaring-walled ceramic vessel that is currently...

Tz’atz’ Nah, a “New” Term in the Classic Mayan Lexicon

Elisabeth Wagner, Christian Prager & Sven Gronemeyer
The inscriptions of Palenque provide us with a number of extended narrative texts that are rich sources of Classic Maya terms for various classes of objects, used both in simple descriptions and in metaphorical contexts. Review of a 3D-model rendered from a structured light 3D-scan of a fibre-glass cast made from Maudslay’s mould of the left part of the panel from the sanctuary of the Temple of the Sun at Palenque, which is housed in...

The Logogram JALAM

Nikolai Grube
Several logographic signs in Maya hieroglyphic writing resist decipherment because they occur only in a few and semantically very limited contexts. One of these idiosyncratic logograms is the sign which is listed as T284 in the Thompson catalogue. However, in the case of this sign, a series of syllabic spellings provides a key for its unequivocal decipherment.

Evaluating the Digital Documentation Process from 3D Scan to Drawing

Sven Gronemeyer, Christian Prager & Elisabeth Wagner
The “Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan” project acquired a Breuckmann smartSCAN C5 structured-light scanner for high-resolution and three-dimensional documentation of Maya artefacts with inscriptions. Renderings of the stereolithographic mesh can be used to create (digital) line drawings for the project’s repository. This working paper exemplifies the workflow of creating a drawing on the basis of a mesh (rather than describing the scanning and mesh generation process themselves) in order to evaluate a best...

Jahresabschlussbericht 2014

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun, Franziska Diehr & Petra Maier
Die nur teilweise entzifferte Hieroglyphenschrift und Sprache der Mayakultur steht im Mittelpunkt des hier zur Diskussion stehenden Forschungsprojekts, das in Kooperation zwischen den Universitäten Bonn und Göttingen durchgeführt wird. Ziel ist die Erstellung einer Textdatenbank und ein darauf basierendes Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya (Blütezeit von 250 bis 950 n. Chr.). Aus dieser Zeit sind rund zehntausend Text- und Bildträger überliefert, die mit ihren schriftlichen und bildlichen Informationen einzigartige Perspektiven auf Sprache, Kultur und Geschichte dieser...

Milestone Report 2014-2016

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun & Franziska Diehr
The subject of the project is an incompletely deciphered, complex writing system, which the project aims to decipher with the aid of digital tools and to describe its underlying language in a dictionary.

Two Captives from Uxul

Nikolai Grube & Octavio Quetzalcoatl Esparza Olguín
Our understanding of Classic Maya politics relies to a large degree on hieroglyphic inscriptions recording wars, victories, and the taking of important captives.

A New Logogram for ‹HUL› “to Arrive” – Implications for the Decipherment of the Month Name Cumku

Christian M. Prager
The focus of this report is on an element in Maya writing that has not yet been listed in any of the published sign inventories. Due to its position in the Lunar Series in the inscription on Copan Temple 11, north entrance, eastern jamb, this element must represent the logogram HUL as so-called Glyph D and can be translated as “to arrive (at a place)”.

Annual Report for 2015

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun & Franziska Diehr
The only partially deciphered Maya hieroglyphic script and language constitute the primary focus of this research project, which has been carried out cooperatively by the University of Bonn and the Göttingen State and University Library.

Meilenstein-Bericht 2014-2016

Nikolai Grube, Christian Prager, Katja Diederichs, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Maximilian Brodhun & Franziska Diehr
Gegenstand des Projektes ist ein unvollständig entziffertes, komplexes Schriftsystem und unser Ziel ist es, dieses weitgehend mit Hilfe digitaler Werkzeuge zu entschlüsseln und die zugrunde liegende Sprache in einem Wörterbuch zu beschreiben.

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