Here’s an old drawing I did of an obscure inscribed celt, from a murky photo published long ago by Heinrich Berlin. The original reference is:
1955 News From the Maya World. Ethnos 20(4):201-209.
Berlin noted its provenience simply as from the “Michol River,” not too far from Palenque.
The most interesting aspects of the inscription are the odd chevron arrangement of the glyphs, as well as the final possessed noun, simply reading “his celt” (U-LEEM?). I will soon be posting some thoughts on the possible LEM or LEEM phonetic reading of the “celt” sign.
Hi David! I see the date from your drawing as 188.8.131.52.0. 4 Ajaw 13 Ceh. But the date 184.108.40.206.0 corresponds with 2 Ajaw 13 Sip. So probably the date from Michol celt is 220.127.116.11.0 4 Ajaw 13 Mol. Therefore the initial date must be (-0.0.0.10.4) 18.104.22.168.16 8 Kib 14 Pax. I hope you will post your arguments regarding LEEM reading as soon as possible. It is very interesting idea and I have some own observation which can support your reading. Best, Yuriy
Yes, you are quite correct Yuri. My note on the drawing must have been done too late at night, or too early in the morning! I see I made two errors at one time: putting the wrong K’atun value for 22.214.171.124.0, then equating that long count with 4 Ahaw 13 Keh, which is of course a different period ending altogether. That’s what I get for relying on memory of numbers when writing down dates. Thanks for the correction. – David
Also, given I originally posted this on April 1, I can simply claim it was all an April Fool’s joke anyway…
By the way, do you still follow your reading LEEM? On this celt is it written u LEEM or u-le-ma?