What is it?
1) The Mayan script, also known as Mayan glyphs or Mayan hieroglyphs.
2) It was developed by the Maya peoples.
3) It is noted for its hieroglyphic script—the only known fully developed writing system of the pre-Columbian Americas—as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system.
What did they use?
1) They used logograms complemented by a set of syllabic glyphs, somewhat similar in function to modern Japanese writing.
2) Modern Mayan languages are written using the Latin alphabet rather than Maya script.
It's origin :
1) It lasted from about 500 BC to 1200 AD, with a classical period from 300-900 AD.
3) Recent archeological finds indicate that the Mayan civilisation started much earlier: around 3,000 BC.
4) In about 1566, the first bishop of Yucatan, Diego de Landa, compiled a key to the Mayan syllabary consisting of 27 Spanish letters and the Mayan glyphs with similar sounds.
5) For a long time many scholars believed that the script did not represent a language at all, or that it wasn't a complete writing system.
6) when a Russian ethnologist, Yuri Valentinovich Knorosov, proposed that the Mayan script was at least partly phonetic and represented the Yucatec Mayan language.
7) His ideas were not welcomed by other Mayanists, but he was eventually proved correct.
8) Today most Mayan texts can be read, though there are still some unknown glyphs.
How is it written?
1) The Mayan script is logosyllabic.
2) It is by combining of about 550 logograms.
3) 150 syllabograms (which represent syllables).
4) 100 glyphs representing place names and the names of gods.
5) About 300 glyphs were commonly used.
6) It is usually written in paired vertical columns reading from left to right and top to bottom in a zigzag pattern.
Where is it found?
Examples of these are found in places such as carved in stone and written on bark, wood, jade, ceramics, and a few manuscripts in Mexico, Guatemala and northern Belize.
it's computer encoding :
1) Currently Maya script cannot be represented in any computer character encoding.
2) A range of code points (U+15500–U+159FF) has been tentatively allocated for Unicode, but no detailed proposal has been submitted yet.
3)The Script Encoding Initiative project of the University of California, Berkeley was awarded a grant on June 3, 2016 to start the process of a proposal for layout and presentation mechanisms in Unicode text, to the Unicode Consortium in 2017.
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