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The seven branches probably represent the seven major clans of the Olmec people. The decipherment contributes to knowledge of early Mixe-Zoquean language history.

Manding Term for Writing. This idea is also confirmed by Mayan oral tradition Tozzer,and C.

Isthmian script

The Tutul Xi were probably Manding speaking Olmecs. An Olmec origin for many PreClassic Maya sites, would explain the cover-up of the jaguar stucco mask pyramids with classic Maya pyramids at these sites.

This view fails to match the epigraphic evidence.

The term Shi, is probably related to the Manding term Si, which was also used as an ethnonym. Tutul, "Very good subjects of the Order". The language identified in the inscriptions is pre—proto-Zoquean, the ancestor of four languages now spoken in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas, and Oaxaca.

This was years after the break up of the Proto-Maya Brown, Justeson and Kaufman and Marcus manitain that the Olmec people spoke a Otomanguean language.

The general assumption made by the few investigators who have considered the situation, is that the modern linguistic pattern is a result of the disruption of an Old homogeneous language group by more powerful neighbors or invaders Mayan Terms for Writing Figure 1.

This decipherment is based on both a reconstruction of the early stages of languages spoken in the region and semantic clues provided by comparison with cultural practices and other script traditions of early southern Mesoamerica. In the center of the boat on Stela No.

As mentioned earlier most experts believe that the Mayan writing system came from the Olmecs Soustelle, This tree has seven branches and twelve roots. The script is more closely related to Mayan hieroglyphic writing than to other early Mesoamerican scripts, and this relation is closer than previously recognized.

Epi-Olmec Hieroglyphic Writing and Its Decipherment

This was made possible by the discovery of a stela with a long inscription at La Mojarra, Veracruz, Mexico, in PDF Abstract The decipherment of part of the epi-Olmec script of ancient Mexico, which yields the earliest currently readable texts in Mesoamerica, has been achieved over the last 2 years.

Stross mentions the Mayan tradition for a foreign origin of Mayan writing. Thomas Leenoted that " This view is supported by the Manding substratum in the Otomi Winters,and Mayan languages Wiener, ; Winters, This would correspond to the non-Maya speaking group detected by Swadesh that separated the Maya and Huasteca speakers years ago.

This stela also confirms the tradition recorded by the famous Mayan historian Ixtlixochitl, that the Olmec came to Mexico in "ships of barks " and landed at Pontochan, which they commenced to populate Winters The Isthmian script is a very early Mesoamerican writing system in use in the area of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec from perhaps BCE to CE, although there is disagreement on these dates.

It is also called the La Mojarra script and the Epi-Olmec script ('post-Olmec script'). The decipherment of part of the epi-Olmec script of ancient Mexico, which yields the earliest currently readable texts in Mesoamerica, has been achieved over the last 2 years.

Study of a newly discovered column of hieroglyphic text on the La Mojarra stela, a four-ton basalt slab discovered in and bearing one of the oldest examples of complex writing in the New World, has confirmed the accuracy of translations published four years ago by epigraphers John S.

Justeson of the State University of New York, Albany, and Terrence Kaufman of the University of Pittsburgh. The decipherment of the Olmec writing of ancient Mexico provides us with keen insight into the world of the Olmec. These earliest text written in America Epi-Olmec Writing &l t;/ B> The some of the Olmec people may have come from Africa.

Winters (, Hieroglyphic Writing. There are two forms of Olmec hieroglyphic writing: the pure. My fellowship year was devoted primarily to writing a book on the decipherment of the epi-Olmec hieroglyphic texts, co-authored with Terrence Kaufman.

The script is more closely related to Mayan hieroglyphic writing than to other early Mesoamerican scripts, and this relation is closer than previously recognized.

The decipherment of part of the epi-Olmec script of ancient Mexico, which yields the earliest currently readable texts in Mesoamerica, has been achieved over the last 2 years.

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