Mayan Long Count Date

Mayan Long Count Date - **Heinrich Berlin (1915-87):...

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Introduction to African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian Art Notes on Maya Long Count Date Pre-Columbian Maya (0-800 ce) needs writing and numbers Fantastic pyramids and took Olmec architectural skills Invented a special writing and used glyphs o Each glyph has several ultimate meanings o For elite only: aristocrats, Mayan courts, scribes, etc Nobles and kings could read but used to be read aloud o Number system based on “20” Concepts of zero (invented in Arabic and Mayan) Large calculations: conceived of numbers that astronomers use today for bounds of the universe o Unite of time: 20 days Written in bars and dots or depiction of a particular god Numbers were Gods, vice versa
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Unformatted text preview: **Heinrich Berlin (1915-87): German-Mexican archaeologist provided evidence that hieroglyphics have meaning **Tatiana Proskouriakoff: Russian archaeologist: responsible for translating glyphs for He was born and He became King o Each glyph could be interpreted as a syllable, name, word **Yuri Knorozov (1922-99): anthropologist, philogist, linguist o First person to prove that Mayan writing contained signs for syllables **Mayan Skull , teeth filed in the shape of the glyph for wind or breath o What comes out of the mouth o Teeth inlaid with jade (not decorative but used as a symbol)...
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course ART HIST 250 taught by Professor Brett-smith during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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