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Dumbarton Oaks Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology
Zapotec Hieroglyphic Writing
Javier Urcid Serrano

This volume advances the understanding of the Zapotec script, one of a dozen or so different graphic systems so far identified in Mesoamerica. Zapotec writing constitutes one of the earliest scribal traditions in Mesoamerica; it also has one of the longest evolutionary trajectories. An understanding of this script and of its historical development is important for elucidating the genesis of writing in Mesoamerica. Its relevance for the comparative study of writing systems can hardly be exaggerated.