Yaxchilán, Lintel 24 - K2887 ©Justin Kerr - Click to view high resolution MAYA HIEROGLYPH DICTIONARY
Peter Mathews and Péter Bíró
Drawings by John Montgomery


The authors of the Maya Hieroglyph Dictionary would like to thank FAMSI for their invitation to undertake this project. We would like to thank Lewis Ranieri and the Board of Directors for their faith in us. The Executive Director of FAMSI, Dr. Sandra Noble, has been a constant source of support and encouragement.

Ms. Sandra Mielke has been tireless in her work to develop the website. The easy mobility through the different sections and 'pages' of the Dictionary is due to her and to the data field entry system that she has developed for us.

The antecedent of this Dictionary has been the Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs by the late John Montgomery. This dictionary was first published by Hippocrene Books in 2002 and has been online in the FAMSI website for the past three years.

Some of the glyph illustrations in the present Dictionary are by John Montgomery and taken from his Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs. Other glyph illustrations are by the late Linda Schele, reproduced with kind permission from her husband David Schele. It is our intention that eventually all glyph drawings in this Dictionary will be drawn by Peter Mathews-but that will take some time.

The 'two Peters' would also like to thank their families for their support during the compilation of the Dictionary.

We would also like to thank all those scholars, both professional and 'amateur', past and present, for their contributions to the Dictionary. The decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has been a long process, the result of decades of collaboration (and debate) by dozens of individuals. Although there is still some way to go, the fact that we can now even think of compiling a hieroglyph dictionary shows the progress that the field of Maya epigraphy has accomplished.

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