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Maya Researchers

Biographical sketches of some of the scientists who have investigated the archaeological ruins of the Maya.

Diego de Landa (1524-1579), Bishop and Inquisitor of Early Colonial Yucatan
Diego de Landa is famous at the same time for his fervor in destroying Maya codices, as well as the detailed description of Maya society on the eve of the conquest

Tatiana Proskouriakoff (1909 – 1985)
Tatiana Proskouriakoff was renowned for her contribution to Maya epigraphy, and archaeology.

John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood
John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood were two explorers of 19th century Mesoamerica, who made the ancient Maya known to the wide public in Europe and United States.

R. E. W. Adams
Richard E.W. Adams is one of the important researchers in the Maya world.

Frederick Catherwood
English explorer and artist Catherwood travelled the world, and made his imprint with the recordation of many Maya sites.

Bishop Diego de Landa
Bishop de Landa is known as both the zealot who destroyed hundreds of Maya codices, and the source of ethnographic information of the 16th century Maya.

Articulations: Justin Kerr
Justin Kerr joined us for an informal chat about his work with Maya Rollout Vases project at The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI). Here's the transcript of our very interesting discussion.

Joyce Marcus
American archaeologist and epigrapher Joyce Marcus has been associated with the University of Michigan's Museum of Anthropology since 1985

A Maya Elder on Remembering the Teachings.
A Maya elder, speaking of the need to maintain Mayan ethnicity in the face of the conflict in Guatemala. Quoted in a 1997 article in Cultural Survival Quarterly by Victor D. Montejo.

Karl Sapper
German antiquarian and explorer Karl Sapper was fascinated by the natural and cultural history of central America

Linda Schele
American art historian and epigrapher Linda Schele wasfirst and foremost an artist, but when she saw Palenque in 1970, she turned her remarkable talents towards recording Mesoamerican steles and hieroglyphs, most notably Maya stele.

John Lloyd Stephens on the Moral Effect of the Maya
A quote from Stephens' 1841 book Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, about what seeing the Maya ruins meant to him.

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