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Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs


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FAMSI wishes to thank Hippocrene Books and John Montgomery for generously providing portions of his book, Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs, as the foundation for this new research resource.

John Montgomery, widely recognized among scholars as a leading illustrator of PreColumbian art, earned his professional degrees in art history. A life-long aficionado of PreColumbian civilization, he began his higher education at age 37, graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. from the College of Fine Arts, University of New México, and earning an M.A. in PreColumbian art history in 1995. Until his untimely passing, October 13th, 2005, John was enrolled at the University of New México as a Ph.D. candidate and was teaching several courses in art history and hieroglyphic studies at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque.

John’s Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs is a unique reference to the hieroglyphic writing of the ancient Maya that presents over 1,200 hieroglyphs and glyph compounds. Each entry includes the hieroglyph, phonetic transcription, Mayan equivalent, part of speech, and meaning. Entries are given in alphabetical order of their phonetic spelling. Multiple indices are included for cross-referencing by language (Mayan, English, Spanish), visual elements, subject matter, grammatical function, and "T-numbers". Now available from Hippocrene Books! Click to Order.

John Montgomery’s vibrant approach to life, his agreeable attitude and friendship, and his extraordinary talents have been gifts to all who knew him. Thank you John, your spirit lives on in your artworks and your publications.

Please contact FAMSI if you have any questions or suggestions to improve the online Maya Dictionary and its organization.

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