Multimedia Analysis and Access for Documentation and Decipherment of Maya Epigraphy

Archaeologists and epigraphists have made progress over 100 years to decipher the writings of the ancient Maya culture, yet a proportion of the hieroglyphic corpus remains open for interpretation. This effort can be supported through the use of multimedia analysis and information management methods for organization, analysis, and visualization tasks.

MAAYA integrates the work of computer scientists and humanities scholars scientists to create computational tools that can support the work of Maya scholars, and to make a number of research resources available to the community.

The computational methodologies investigated in the project are based on principled approaches (machine learning, computer vision, and information retrieval); the resulting technologies are therefore applicable to other areas in multimedia retrieval.