A decipherment of epi-olmec hieroglyphic writing.

@article{Justeson1993ADO,
  title={A decipherment of epi-olmec hieroglyphic writing.},
  author={John S. Justeson and Terrence Kaufman},
  journal={Science},
  year={1993},
  volume={259 5102},
  pages={1703-11}
}
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. This was made possible by the discovery of a stela with a long inscription at La Mojarra, Veracruz, Mexico, in 1986. This decipherment is based on both a reconstruction of the early stages of languages spoken in the region and semantic clues provided by comparison with cultural practices and other script traditions of… CONTINUE READING