Another Mayan Glyph at Crystal River Site in Florida

A pottery fragment on display in the museum at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park appears to represent the Mayan glyph, Lamat, their symbol for Venus. The fragment is in a style known as Swift Creek. This type of pottery is known for intricate designs impressed into its clay surfaces while still wet. The elaborate designs were carved into wooden paddles that were then slapped onto the surfaces of the pots before firing. No such paddles have ever been found since they were made of wood and have long since decayed. It is thought the paddles were primarily for printing designs on textiles and fabric and were only secondarily used for pottery decoration.

Swift Creek pottery fragment from the Crystal River Site in Florida

Although the Crystal River design is a fragment, it is readily reconstructed due to the known symmetry of Swift Creek designs. Luckily, enough of the design survived that it appears to represent a cross with a diamond design in the center.

Reconstruction of Swift Creek design

This design is similar to various versions of the Mayan Lamat glyph.

Mayan Lamat glyphs often take the form of a cross-with-diamond design. This is the second Lamat glyph found on a piece of pottery from the Crystal River site. In my article, “Mayan Glyphs at Crystal River Site in Florida” I discussed another Lamat glyph I found at the site.

Lamat glyph from pot at Crystal River site

It is not only at the Crystal River site in Florida where such Lamat glyphs can be found. In my article, “Mayan Glyphs, Figurines at Mandeville Site in Georgia,” I discuss several other Lamat glyphs I discovered on Swift Creek pottery there. The Mandeville site is known to have had trade contacts with the Crystal River site.

Furthermore, in my article “Mayan Glyphs on Swift Creek Pottery in Georgia, Florida,” I noted multiple other Venus glyphs on Swift Creek pottery throughout Florida and Georgia and I proposed that this represented a Mayan Venus cult in these areas. This latest Mayan Lamat glyph discovered at the Crystal River site in Florida is more evidence that such a religious cult was active throughout these southeastern states and was the result of interaction with the Maya.



Gary C. Daniels

Gary C. Daniels is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television, video and multimedia writer and producer. He has a M.A. degree in Communications from Georgia State University in Atlanta, a B.F.A. degree in TV Production from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an A.A. degree in Art from the College of Coastal Georgia. He has appeared on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Science Channel and History Channel. His History Channel appearance became the highest-rated episode in the network's history. He has a passion for Native American history and art. He is the founder and publisher of