Read and Listen to Mayan Hieroglyphs
To many of us, Maya hieroglyphs may look like just so many pretty pictures or symbols. But they actually say something, of course, as Mayanists have long known. In this feature, you can actually "read" a passage of glyphs carved into an ancient Maya stela, or dedicatory stone monument. You can both read the ancient Maya (transcribed using the Roman alphabet) and hear it spoken (by Mayanist Barbara MacLeod) as well as read the English translation and accompanying notes. Altogether, you'll get a good taste of the language, and you'll see just how important dates and numbers were to the Maya.