Mayan Civilization

mayan-civilization1

Comalcalco was a major Mayan port city that was believed to have flourished between A.D 700 to A.D 900. Though others place it much older, and even perhaps older still, since the finds at Nakbe in the Petén, it may go back to 1000 BCE, and beyond. Since there was no rock quarry or stone to use in the area, they built the buildings out of bricks made of baked mud.

The Maya raised HUGE structures made out of these bricks. That in itself makes this place unique to all the other Mayan locations. But, you see, the bricks have inscriptions on them.

The map of the Mayan Zone

In 1977 and 1978 the National Institute of Anthropology and History excavated the site and discovered that it was made up entirely of these bricks. And the site is HUGE. What they also found was that approximately 3% of the bricks had inscriptions on them, on the INSIDE. In a study conducted by Mexican archeologist Neil Steede of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, he discovered that 3,671 bricks had inscriptions. Of these bricks, 2,129 had Mayan inscriptions on them. But 499 of the bricks were found to have completely out of place inscriptions. 13.6% of the bricks were found to have Old World inscriptions on them. These inscriptions include writing in Arabic, Phoenician, Libyan, Egyptian, Ogam, Tifinag, Chinese, Burmese, and Paliburmese. In all, about 17.3% of the bricks were inscribed with different languages, but if they had any Mayan inscriptions on them, they were designated to the Mayan inscription pile. Other bricks from this site had drawings on them, and 308 of the bricks were completely unknown and indecipherable.

mayan-civilization2

An ancient Mayan Monument

According to Steede, all of the bricks were carefully photographed, and copies sent to the Epigraphic Society of San Diego, California, where the languages were identified and verified. Several of the bricks had Mayan inscriptions and another language---typical translations. Some of the bricks were decorated with elephants, and other creatures not indigenous to the Americas.

Reference:

http://www.foxvox.org

 

 

thumb_up Do you like this? Share it to friends..




comment Tell others what you think.. Your reviews and comments are valuable to others..

Looking for a hotel in Yangon? or Bagan?

We recommend...

"Mingalabar" is a word of welcome in addition to a want fortune. This single word best signifies the inherent natureof those of Myanmar:not just to offer hospitality but to wish others well.

Myanmar remains probably the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations on the planet. Myanmar is mystical country on the planet

...

Karaweik M&J Travels & Tours Co., Ltd. was established in 1995 by Daw Khin May Myint with head office in Yangon, Myanmar.

It is registered with both the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and Directorate of Hotels & Tourism of Myanmar

Address: 408A, Yuzana Condo Tower,
69, Shwegondine Rd; Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar. 11

...

We also recommend...

The sleek Irrawaddy Explorer(RV Paukan 2014) is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of Ayravata Cruise Company to ply the great Irrawaddy River of Burma and even before it leaves the dock it takes you into another world: the elegant, stylish era of the colonial period.

Address

...
...

Who's Online

We have 112 guests and no members online