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By Ben Gurino
New technology allows scientists to visualize ancient Maya cities like never before
In the autumn of 1929, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband Charles flew across the Yucatán Peninsula. With Charles at the controls, Anne snapped photographs of the jungles just below. She wrote in her journal of Maya structures obscured by large humps of vegetation. A bright stone wall peeked through the leaves, “unspeakably alone and majestic and desolate — the mark of a great civilization gone.”
Nearly a century later, surveyors once again took flight over the ancient Maya empire, and mapped the Guatemala forests with lasers. The 2016 survey, whose first results were published this week in the journal Science, comprises a dozen plots covering 830 square miles, an area larger than the island of Maui. It is the largest such survey of the Maya region, ever.
The study authors…
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Anyone who’s followed the CREWS blog will know that we’re fond of a bit of sci-fi and fantasy. We’ve talked about the writing systems of Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Indiana Jones. But ever since I was a kid, my absolute favourite piece of science fiction has been Doctor Who. Since it’s finally back this weekend, what better time to look at how it handles writing?
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Several Egyptian hieroglyphic determinatives:
Determinatives appear in every single Egyptian inscription. Determinatives appear to the right of each inscription. It is not possible to write any word or sentence in Egyptian hieroglyphics without appending a determinative, because without determinatives, inscriptions are meaningless. Many words are identical in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and without a determinative, they would be meaningless.