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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Joyce Marcus (Project Director: June 1975 to present)

An Analysis of the Ancient Zapotec Writing System

To carry out a 2-year study of the ancient Zapotec writing system. To draw and photograph approximately 200 prehistoric carved stone monuments with hieroglyphic inscriptions in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. Another 300 monuments, lacking hieroglyphic inscriptions, will be photographically recorded but not necessarily drawn. The Zapotec writing system, whose roots go back to 400 B.C., is perhaps the least known of the writing systems of ancient Mesoamerica's high civilizations.

Project fields:

Basic Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$13,615 (approved)
$13,615 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1975 – 5/31/1977