The evidence of African style writing among the Olmecs is evidence for Old World influence in Mexico The Olmecs probably founded writing in the Mexico. Of these 22 signs, 20 preserve so much detail that theyare almost completely recovered; the two remaining signs forma single sign group at V7abfound on the front of the monument,whose features, together, are also quite distinctive.
Cultural context[ edit ] Left side image of La Mojarra Stela 1 showing a person identified as "Harvester Mountain Lord" The rise of the Epi-Olmec culture on the western edge of the Olmec heartland coincides with the depopulation of the eastern half of the Olmec heartland and the decline of the Olmec culture in general.
This would correspond to the non-Maya speaking group detected by Swadesh that separated the Maya and Huasteca speakers years ago.
It was not even clear if any of the glyphs could be identified,or how long the text had been. Ceramic figurines were less realistically detailed,  and the basalt monuments and stelae at Tres Zapotes lacked the artisanship, refinement, and detail of the earlier San Lorenzo and La Venta work.
Some badly eroded Isthmian script glyphs may appear on the Alvarado Stela. Most of the remaining eight signs have much less surviving detail or have detail that is less definitely discernible.
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.
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.
It was this fourth text that made it possible for us to decipher a substantial portion of this writing system 34.
The state of the deciphermentas of December is summarized in 3and its state asof January is partially described in 4. Terrence Kaufman has proposed that the Olmec spoke a Mexe-Zoquean speech and therefore the authors of Olmec writing were Mexe-Zoquean speakers. This idea is also confirmed by Mayan oral tradition Tozzer,and C.
Manding Term for Writing. The print version of Science contains a research report by Justeson and Kaufman on decipherment of epi-Olmec inscriptions on a stone monument.
Most doubtful is the identification of the sign at V This Amerindian historical and linguistic evidence indicates that a new linguistic group entered the Olmec heartland around the time we find the Olmec culutre in Mexico Soustelle, The importance of the text was recognized assoon as it was examined at the museum.
This was years after the break up of the Proto-Maya Brown, Additional progress in the decipherment has been achieved throughconstant reanalysis, and by applying insights from several yearsof descriptive and comparative work that we have undertaken onthe extant languages of the Mije-Sokean family [work that wasidentified in 3 as one of the two main avenues for advancingthe decipherment].
It hasproven possible to provide a complete, coherent, and grammaticalanalysis and translation for the entire column in terms of previouslyreconstructed Sokean vocabulary and grammatical structures andof previously established representational principles of the script.
For reasons that epigraphers have never found compelling 7doubt was cast on the authenticity of the monument, and recentdirectors of the museum left it in the basement. And daily life for the non-elites continued much the same: Only four legible texts currently attest the epi-Olmec writing system 1: However, the content ofthe surrounding contexts of each of these signs provides enoughconstraint that we can parse, and determine the general senseof, the phrases in which they occur.pands the modest corpus of epi-Olmec hieroglyphic texts and confirms various aspects of this writing system (3, 4).
The fact that it was a single continuous text was important. 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. The Epi-Olmec culture was a cultural area in the central region of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz. Epi-Olmec Hieroglyphic Writing and Texts. Pérez de Lara, Jorge and John Justeson "Photographic Documentation of Monuments with Epi-Olmec Script/Imagery" at Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies.
Created Date: 4/6/ PM. A Newly Discovered Column in the Hieroglyphic Text on La Mojarra Stela 1: A Test of the Epi-Olmec Decipherment Support for the decipherment of epi-Olmec writing.
ADeciphermentof Epi-Olmec Hieroglyphic Writing John S. Justeson andTerrence Kaufman Epi-Olmec texts were writtenin columns, normallyreadfromleft to right (3), and signs usually occupy their column'swidth.
Wheneversigns abut, they form together a full word or phrase. More.Download