May 17 2017

May 17, 2017 - 6pm, Presentation

Maya Hieroglyphic Writing: A Comparison with Other Ancient Writing Systems,

with Stanley Guenter, PhD, Southern Methodist University

Over the last three or four decades Maya hieroglyphic writing went from being a largely un-deciphered writing system to one epigraphers could read and understand most texts from the Classic Maya period. In this presentation, Maya hieroglyphic writing and the data the decipherment of these texts have provided scholars will be compared and contrasted with the information derived from other ancient writing systems, such as the hieroglyphs of Egypt, the cuneiform writing system of Mesopotamia, as well as a number of the many writing systems of Asia and Europe. In the process, this comparison will reveal how thoroughly Mesoamerican the ancient Maya and their writing system truly were.

Stanley Guenter


Stan’s (left near El Mirador) work involves combining archaeological, epigraphic, and ethnohistoric data to better understand ancient civilizations and their history. He has worked with three projects in Guatemala, at the sites of El Peru-Waka, La Corona, and a number in the Mirador Basin (especially El Mirador), as well as at Cahal Pech in Belize.



The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place at 6 p.m. in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.

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