Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mayan archaeology today in 2011

Mayan archaeology is the main research topic of this web site. Mayan archaeology naturally includes artifacts, pyramd-temple, palace, and ballcourt architecture. The study of Mayan archaeology includes epigraphy but our decades of research have been dedicated more to iconography.

We include Mayan linguistics when discussing plants and animals in our research on Mayan ethnobotany and ethnozoology. We are fully aware that the academic term is Mayan with an “n” only for the languages (and we are aware there are exceptions: “Yucatec Maya is a Mayan language”). But this is the year 2011 and the academic terms have evolved in popular parlance: just the way Mixe-Zoque words evolved into Mayan words! To avoid being pedantic we tend to use the word Mayan archaeology rather than Maya archaeology. But notice that the web site name is in scholarly format: Maya archaeology.

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