Is there Pre-Columbian Writing at Teotihuacan? began as a study to yield a closer examination of a limited set of glyphic elements found at the archaeological site of Teotihuacan in Mexico, in order to verify whether said elements may be part of a writing system. The study of the glyphs presented in the book was structured in such a way as to thoroughly examine the data for similarities between the glyphic elements and the requirements for Meso-American writing systems.
This study was not decipherment. Instead it will attempt to verify whether the glyphic elements at Teotihuacan could potentially be a writing system, thus, concluding if further work in the way of a complete decipherment is a possibility.
Joanne E. Michel de Guerrero is Associate Professor of Humanities at the Community College of Allegheny County. She has been researching Meso-American Writing Systems and Meso-American Indigenous Languages since 1999. She holds a B.S. in International Business and Spanish Language, an M.A. in Linguistics with a specialization in Meso-American Indigenous Languages, a graduate certification in Latin American studies with an area specialization in Linguistics, and is pursuing doctoral studies in Anthropological Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.Her research areas include Central Mexican writing systems and iconography, the Nahuatl language family (especially that spoken in San Agustin Oapan, Guerrero), and the documentation and preservation of Meso-American Indigenous Languages.
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