© 2016 David Mora Marín

Documentation of Inscribed Teotihuacan-style Vessel

Several years ago, Erik Boot (2011), in a still unpublished manuscript (“A Teotihuacan Style Vessel with a “New” Writing System?”), identified what appears to be a previously unknown example of a text on a Teotihuacan-style tripod pottery vessel, housed in the Pre-Columbian collections at the University of Kansas. This past weekend, with the assistance of Dr. Mary Adair, Curator at the Archaeological Research Center at KU, who was extremely generous with her time and support during my visit, I traveled to Lawrence to examine the piece, and to prepare detailed drawings of the inscription.  The piece is unusual in part because it appears to be entirely made up of text, lacking associated iconography. A photo of the vessel and a drawing of one of the glyphic groups are provided here.


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