SIGNING FOR HIS SUPPER

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Q. What do Maya anthropologists do when they’re waiting for dinner?

A. They draw Maya glyphs on the tablecloths.

This is our friend Marc Zender one of the leading Maya epigraphers giving us an impromptu masterclass on Maya glyphs. The glyph he’s drawing is “Aj Baj”, which is how Marc writes his own name in Maya glyphs. Aj Baj means “one who hammers”, which correlates to the latin word for hammer “marcus”.  The glyphs are doubly apt for Marc as he deciphered both of them. Here’s a closer look.

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