Glyphs representing, from left to right, the sky, an ahau kinga house, a child, and the city of Palenque.
Major breakthroughs were made from the s to s, and accelerated rapidly thereafter. Deciphering Maya texts has become easier with the aid of computers, drawings and the knowledge accumulated over a century of scientific investigation.
Among his greatest contribution to the field was a systematic catalog of all Maya hieroglyphs.
The duo left, at the site began piecing together Palenque's history using a carving from the site called the Tablet of the 96 Glyphs, which researchers vaguely understood to depict a line of royal accession. However, the writing system of the Cascajal block is very different from that of the Maya, and it is impossible to say if it had any influence on Maya writing at all.
In opposition to this idea, Michael Coe described "epiphenomenal" as "a ten penny word meaning that Maya writing is only of marginal application since it is secondary to those more primary institutions—economics and society—so well studied by the dirt archaeologists.
Nevertheless, glyph studies nearly came to a halt during this time, in large part because Thompson had most scholars convinced that each of the symbols in glyphs stood for entire words or ideas. The skill and knowledge of Maya writing persisted among segments of the population right up to the Spanish conquest.
The Annals of Cakchiquel are also known as the Solola Memorial, and were written inin the Cakchiquel language.
To remove ambiguity, when the logogram is meant to be read as balam, either the phonetic sign ba is placed in front of it or ma is placed after it.
In the following example, you see two words, namely pakal 'shield' and witz 'mountain' spelled in several different ways, purely logographic, logographic with phonetic complements, and purely phonetic.