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Archaeological Periodical

incidents of archaeology

I have a meeting with my potential thesis supervisor in two hours!! He does Mixtec epigraphy but it’s the closest I’ll get to Maya, so I’m gonna propose a cross-cultural comparison of their codices to at least I can sneak some Maya into it. 

Also, having spent the last week trying to get as familiar with Mixtec as I am with Maya, I have to say I think Mixtec is like 10x harder to translate. Maya writing is so beautiful and clean and organized and Mixtec writing is more like playing Wheres Waldo looking at picture with little glyphs hidden everywhere. 

This might be more difficult than I had anticipated. 

I have lost all semblance of sanity. This is really funny. 

I have lost all semblance of sanity. This is really funny. 

(Source: openbookstore, via ehekic)

partybarackisinthehousetonight:

uh yeah i’m a pretty big history buff *picks up rock* this has probably been here for a long time. *touches ground* old people once stood on this ground. maybe even dinosaurs

(via megaklefki)

arstekne:

Psyche revived by Cupid’s kiss (1793) by Antonio Canova

I don’t know why but this is really funny to me. 

I don’t know why but this is really funny to me. 

(Source: teddypsshyeah)

jack089:

Exploded and dissected skulls. Beauchene Skull - Mounted preparation of human skulls were used to demonstrate better views of separate cranial bones. 19th Century. The above images, I presume, were most likely prepared and mounted by RMC.

migeo:

Petrographic thin section of a Late Formative Ceramic from Iruhito, Bolivia (by aroddick)
Ceramic petrography is a thing.

Petrography is beautiful and completely unintelligible to me. 

migeo:

Petrographic thin section of a Late Formative Ceramic from Iruhito, Bolivia (by aroddick)

Ceramic petrography is a thing.

Petrography is beautiful and completely unintelligible to me. 

ancientart:

The Maya archaeological site of Chicanná (‘House of the Snake’s Jaws’), Yucatán. Now largely buried in the jungle, the city of Chicanná peaked during the late Classic period, from about AD 550-700.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Luca Penati.

Tatiana Proskouriakoff: Drawing out the ancient Maya

trowelblazers:

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Tatiana Proskouriakoff at El Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico (date unknown). Courtesy Char Solomon. Not to be reproduced without prior permission.

Anybody who knows anything about Maya archaeology should know Tatiana Proskouriakoff, whose contributions to the field include not only expertly drawn reconstructions of the well-known sites of Piedras Negras, Copan and Chichen Itza, but also the decipherment of Maya glyphs.

Born in Siberia in 1909, she earned a degree in architecture at Penn State and began her archaeological career as a volunteer at the U Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In 1936, she excavated at Piedras Negras and created drawings in her spare time. It was these fantastic drawings that led to the Mayanist Sylvanus Morley petitioning for funds for her to visit and draw at Copan and Chichen Itza, writing “Indeed, I believe Miss Proskouriakoff’s architectural restorations give a better idea of how these ancient centers of the Maya Old Empire really looked in the heydays of their respective prosperities, than any other type of portraying them that has ever been made.”

As if that weren’t enough, as a research associate at the Carnegie Institute in Washington in the 1950s and 60s, she argued that hieroglyphs held historical information and laid the groundwork for large-scale decipherment of Maya writing! (But that’s another post.)

It seems fitting that in 1998, her ashes were buried at the site of Piedras Negras in Guatemala, a site she had first visited over 60 years earlier.

You can read more about her life and work in this biography by Char Solomon.

written by Suzie

posted by Brenna

Proskouriakoff contributed so much to Maya epigraphy that it continues to boggle my mind. All I can do is hope that someday I might make a fraction of that contribution.

tammuz:

Mesopotamian pottery with Aramaic script, the dominant language in Iraq prior to the 7th Century CE. The alphabetical script replaced Cuneiform as the major writing method in Mesopotamia during the Hellenistic Era. The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.     
Photo by Babylon Chronicle

tammuz:

Mesopotamian pottery with Aramaic script, the dominant language in Iraq prior to the 7th Century CE. The alphabetical script replaced Cuneiform as the major writing method in Mesopotamia during the Hellenistic Era. The Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.     

Photo by Babylon Chronicle

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