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TitleDiscoveries in Yucatan
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1895
Secondary AuthorsLund, Anthon H.
MagazineThe Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star
Issue Number33
Date Published15 August 1895
KeywordsAncient America – Mesoamerica; Archaeology; Hieratic; Hieroglyph; Language - Egyptian; Language - Mayan; Native Americans – Maya

This reprint from the Deseret News tells of an archaeologist, Dr. Augustus le Plongeon, who deciphered several inscriptions found in Central America. He found that the hieratic (sacred) alphabet of the Mayas was almost identical to that of the Egyptians, as well as similar grammar and characters with identical meanings. Two cities in the peninsula of Yucatan were “visited by learned men from all parts of the world.” Creation stories were found recorded that resemble Old World legends. Dr. Plongeon directly links Egyptian identity with the Mayan people.