Guido Krempel


Master’s degree in Anthropology of the Americas, Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bonn in 2012. His M.A. thesis engaged in the documentation and epigraphic study of the inscriptions pertaining to Structure 4, Machaquila, Guatemala. Since 2009, co-editor and layouter of the journal “Mexicon. Journal of Mesoamerican Studies”; since 2010 scientific advisor for La Ruta Maya Foundation, Guatemala. From 2012-2016 auxiliary archaeologist and project epigrapher of the Regional Archaeological Project Uaxactun. Since 2019, doctoral candidate in Anthropology of the Americas on the subject “Continuity and change of representation forms in the monumental- and architectural sculptures of Tonina, Chiapas, Mexico (~500–1000 A.D.)” funded by the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts as part of the academy project “Textdatabase and Dictionary of Classic Maya” and since 2017 research associate for the project Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (CNCPC) of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Mexico.

Areas of Interest

Epigraphy, iconography, art-history and archaeology for the study of the development of monumental and architectural sculpture of Classic Maya cities; Classic Maya pottery production, development of painting styles and calligraphy among ancient Maya artists; artistic representations of Mesoamerican fauna and flora; past and present Yucatec culture; detection, documentation and publication of written and pictorial sources on Classic Maya culture in institutional and private collections; museography; more recently his field of activity spans the application of computer methods to epigraphy and archaeology, virtual archaeology and 3D-modelling.

Publications (selection)

Krempel, Guido

  • 2020 A new look at two ‘memorial altars’ from Tonina, Chiapas. Mexicon XLII(4): 77-80 (mit Ángel Adrián Sánchez Gamboa und Alejandro Sheseña).
    2020 A ‘maizedancer’ vessel dedicated to Yax We’en Chan K’inich, lord of Xultun”. The PARI Journal XX(4): 1-14 (mit Sebastián Matteo).
  • 2019 “Nuevos datos sobre Aj Ch’aaj Naah, Aj K’uhuun de Toniná”. Journal de la Societé des Americanistes 105(2): 45-68 (mit Ángel Adrián Sánchez Gamboa und Alejandro Sheseña).
  • 2019 “Chak Baluun Chaak with atlatl and shied: A preliminary analysis of Tonina Monument 186”. Mexicon XLI(6): 151-152 (mit Ángel Adrián Sánchez Gamboa).
  • 2019 “Ritual y jerarquía durante el gobierno de K’ihnich Bahlam Chapaht de Tonina: los Monumentos 181 y 182”. Ancient Mesoamérica 30(3): 1-17 (mit Ángel Adrián Sánchez Gamboa, Alejandro Sheseña und Juan Yadeun Angulo).
  • 2019 „There and back again: Looting, trafficking culture, and the management of cultural heritage in Guatemala”. In: Cara Tremain und Donna Yates (Hrsg.), The Market for Mesoamerica: Reflections on the sale of Pre-Columbian antiquities, pp. 61-86. Gainesville: University Press of Florida (mit Sofia Paredes Maury).
  • 2018 “Of hunchbacks and skeletons: A hitherto unreported stelae-plaza in the Puuc region”. Mexicon XL(2): 37, 40-45 (mit Stephan Merk).
  • 2018 “Scattered remnants of a short-lived glory: a re-evaluation of Machaquila Structure 4, the ‘Huunal-House’ of Ix Mahk Ajaw and ‘Scorpion’ Ti’ Chaahk”. In: Harri Kettunen, Verónica Amellali Vázquez López, Felix Kupprat, Cristina Vidal Lorenzo, Gaspar Muñoz Cosme and María Josefa Iglesias Ponce de León (Eds.), Tiempo detenido, tiempo suficiente. Ensayos y narraciones mesoamericanistas en homenaje a Alfonso Lacadena García-Gallo, pp. 613-686. Wayeb Publications 1. Couvin: Wayeb, European Association of Mayanists.
  • 2016 “A recently auctioned panel fragment supposedly from Lacanha, Chiapas”. Mexicon XXXVIII(3): 61-64.
  • 2016 “The Paintings of Aktun Santuario, Akil, Yucatan”. Mexicon XXXVIII(4): 97-106 (mit Fátima Tec Pool).
  • 2016 “The Legacy of an Early Maya King: Text, Imagery, and Ritual Contexts of a Late Preclassic Cache from Structure H-XVI, Uaxacatun, Guatemala”. Mexicon XXXVIII(1): 9-29 (mit Milan Kóvač und Eva Jobbová).
  • 2014 “Tres fragmentos de la Estela 5 procedente del sitio Acté, Petén, Guatemala, y el pronombre ergativo de la segunda persona plural en la lengua jeroglífica maya”. Mexicon XXXVI(2): 35-39 (mit Albert Davletshin).
  • 2014 “A unique carved greenstone artefact in the Chocolate Museum Cologne”. Mexicon XXXVI(5): 125-130.
  • 2013 “A hitherto unpublished doorjamb from Kayal, Campeche, Mexico”. Mexicon XXXV(1): 1-3.
  • 2011 “The Late Classic Court of Namaan”. In: Nehammer Knub, Juliette, Jesper Nielsen, und Christophe Helmke (Hrsg.), Palaces and Courtly Culture in Ancient Mesoamerica, pp. 91-110. Oxford: Archaeopress Pre-Columbian Archaeology 4 (mit Mads Skytte Jørgensen).
  • 2011 “Notes on Stela 2 of La Florida, Petén, Guatemala”. Mexicon XXXIII(1): 7-10.
  • 2011 “A New Hieroglyphic sculpture from Machaquila, Petén, Guatemala”. Mexicon XXXIII(4): 92-96.
  • 2011 “Painting Styles of the North-Eastern Petén from a Local Perspective: The Palace Schools of Yax We’en Chan K’inich, Lord of Xultuni”. In: Christophe Helmke und Jarosłav Źrałka (Eds.), Contributions in New World Archaeology Vol. 3., pp. 135-171. Krakau: Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Archaeology (mit Sebastián Matteo).
  • 2011 “La nobleza y el estilo cerámico de Xultun, Petén, Guatemala”. In: Bárbara Arroyo, Lorena Paiz Aragón, Adriana Linares Palma and Ana Lucía Arroyave (Eds.), XXIV Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas de Guatemala, 2010, pp. 957-971. Guatemala City: Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes Instituto de Antropología e Historia, Asociación Tikal (mit Sebastián Matteo).
  • 2010 “A reading for the Xultun toponymic title as B’aax (Tuun) Witz ‘Ajaw ‘lord of the B’aax-stone) hill’”. Mexicon XXXII(4): 74-7 (mit Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner und Sebastián Matteo).
    2009 „Ein polychromer Tonteller aus Yootz“. Baessler Archiv, Neue Folge 56: pp.244-248 (mit Sebastián Matteo)