Pallan, responsible of the Maya Hieroglyphic and Iconographic Heap (AJIMAYA), said that although other Mesoamerican societies like Zapoteca, Mixe-Zoque
and Nahua developed writing, Maya is by far the best understood and deciphered.
Back in 1971 I advocated that we should start counting our years from the first date of the oldest calendar known from America, that of the people of Middle America, such as the Olmec, Maya, Zapotec and Mixe-Zoque
The word is of Mixe-Zoque
origin, what now looks like the language of the Olmecs.
Sumerian, Semitic and perhaps Afro-Asiatic as a whole; central and southern China for Tai-Kadai, Austronesian, Austroasiatic, Hmong-Mien and possibly Sino-Tibetan; Mesoamerica for Mayan, Mixe-Zoque
, Otomanguean and perhaps Uto-Aztecan: Bellwood 1994; in press b).
y]) and consonant deletion in the Mixe-Zoque
language Zoque spoken in southern Mexico.