Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop
75th Anniversary, Institute of Archaeology 2012


Workshop leaders

  • Christophe Helmke is Assistant Professor at the Department of American Indian Languages and Cultures at the University of Copenhagen and a UCL Institute of Archaeology alumnus. He has led and organised Maya glyph workshops at the annual European Maya Conference and other universities and institutions on several continents and has co-authored, with Harri Kettunen, The Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphic Writing that is available online.  
  • Harri Kettunen is Acting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Helsinki. He has led Maya glyph workshops for several years at the annual European Maya Conferences and other universities and has co-authored, with Christophe Helmke, The Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphic Writing that is available online.
  • Ramzy Barrois is an Associate Scholar at the University of Paris 1, CNRS/UMR 8096. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Louvre School and Associate Scholar at CEMCA in Guatemala. He has led workshops at the annual European Maya Conferences and more recently at UCL
  • Mads Jorgensen is a MSc. student at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He holds a MA in Native American Languages and Cultures from the University of Copenhagen with an emphasis on Mesoamerican and, in particular, Late Classic Maya culture. He has worked on the Maya culture with Trent University in western Belize, the Teotihuacan culture in central Mexico with INAH, and most recently the Shaft Tomb Tradition with UC Denver in western Mexico. His current dissertation research centers on identifying and characterising Late Classic Maya networks using spatial analysis and GIS technology.


  • Elizabeth Graham is Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She carries out field research in Belize, most recently at the Maya sites of Lamanai and Marco Gonzalez, where she co-directs excavations with Scott Simmons of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her book Maya Christians and Their Churches in Sixteenth-Century Belize was published in 2011 by the University Press of Florida.
  • Claudia Zehrt is a Research Student at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She has worked with the INAH and the University of Bonn in Yucatán, Mexico, and most recently in western Belize. Her work with a Trent University project there is the topic of her PhD thesis on Fate and Fortune: Dynamics of social organisation at Minanha, Belize, focusing on the excavation of a small residential group and its life history, the indicators for social status and relations of its inhabitants, and the final abandonment during the Terminal Classic.
  • Eva Jobbová is a Research Student at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She has worked with the Belize Valley Reconaissance Project in western Belize and currently participates on research carried out by Slovak Archaeological and Historical Institute at the Maya site of Uaxactún, in Petén, Guatemala. Her research interests include settlement pattern archaeology, use of GIS and spatial analysis in archaeology and Maya epigraphy.
  • Amy Maitland Gardner is a Research Student at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Her research focuses on understanding the role that gestures played in ancient Maya society through an analysis of Late Classic Maya figural art. Her research interests include Maya iconography, Maya epigraphy, gestures, bodily communication, court societies and comparative studies.

Organising committee

  • Elizabeth Baquedano
  • Ewa Czapiewska
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Gail Hammond
  • Ian Mursell and Graciela Sanchez (Mexicolore)
  • Neil Meldrum
  • Diane Davies

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