Hidden in Plain Sight: The Codical Sign T648 and its Forerunner T694 in Three Classic Period Contexts

Péter Bíró, Barbara MacLeod, Michael Grofe


The grapheme T648 in the Maya script occurs exclusively in the Postclassic period. Whether it is a CV syllable or a CVC logogram has been in question. In this paper we resolve that issue. Also, we suggest that the Classic version of the sign is T694, which led us to query relevant environments of both versions of the grapheme. We have found a solid substitution in the Postclassic codices with which we can answer several unknown collocations in the Classic Period. We offer CVC and V values for T648/694 and demonstrate their productivity in different contexts.

Palabras clave

Mayas; Clásico; Posclásico; códices; escritura jeroglífica; desciframiento; T648; T694.


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