Archaeology and Maya Writing
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Journal of World Prehistory
Recent decipherments underscore the relevance of Maya writing to archaeology. Textual references assist in dating archaeological features and help identify rulers that commissioned architecture. Maya script also touches on matters as diverse as Classic Maya folk classification, the average life spans of the elite, and the attribution of provenance to looted monuments. More generally, decipherments reveal the composition and spatial organization of Classic Maya polities, now shown to be smaller than previously supposed.
Houston, Stephen D., "Archaeology and Maya Writing" (1989). KIP Articles. 6722.