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  1. 1. As a whole, the Mayan people created the longest lasting civilization of theNew World. It became distinguishable from other early farming cultures ofMesoamerica in the middle of the first millennium BCE, when the first greatMayan cities were created. The Mayan hieroglyphic writing is arguably one of the most visually strikingwriting systems of the world. It is also very complex, with hundreds of uniquesigns or glyphs in the form of humans, animals, super naturals, objects, andabstract designs. These signs are either logograms (to explain meaning) orsyllabograms (to denote sound values), and are used to write words, phrases, andsentences. The Mayan people can pretty much write whatever they say. Of the many Mayan languages only (possibly three) where written downwith the hieroglyphic system. It is thought that speakers of the Ch’olan language,and possibly also those of the tzeltalan language were the inventors of the Mayawriting system.

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