Mayan Writing 302: The first emoticons?

The peoples of the sophisticated Mayan civilization began to write with their alphabet before the European civilizations, in the year 302.  The complex pictograms were not understood by Europeans until the mid- 20th century. This pictogram is from the Mayan Early Classic period, denoting the date of September 15, 320 in our Western calendar and detailing a Serpent Bar. For more information, please visit the online collection of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies at  (Image Copyright © 2000 John Montgomery)

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