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Early Mesoamerican Writing Systems

John Justeson

in The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195390933
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195390933.013.0063

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Early Mesoamerican Writing Systems

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From a comparative perspective, the early development of writing in Mesoamerica is poorly preserved. In Mesopotamia, more than six thousand tablets attest the first two centuries of the archaic, proto-cuneiform stage of the world's most ancient writing system. In contrast, the first few centuries of Mesoamerican writing, up to about 400 bc , are probably represented by fewer than a dozen texts. This article discusses Formative period scripts, relationships among the scripts, representational principles, spelling grammatical morphemes, and precursors of writing.

Keywords: Mesoamerica; writing; Formative period; scripts; representational principles; spelling grammatical morphemes

Article.  5469 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology by Region ; History of Art

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