Second Annual Project Workshop


On Monday, December 14, the second international public workshop of the „Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan Project“ of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts and the University of Bonn will take place in the Poppelsdorfer Schloss, Meckenheimer Allee 175, 53111 Bonn, Germany.

In 2014, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste) in Düsseldorf established the Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan (Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya) research center for the study of hieroglyphic writing and language of the ancient Maya at the University of Bonn’s Philosophy Faculty. The project is directed by Prof. Dr. Nikolai Grube of the Department of Anthropology of the Americas (Abteilung für Altamerikanistik).

The goals of the project are to provide an XML based digital corpus of texts and to compile a corpus-based dictionary of Classic Mayan, which will be published in both digital and printed format. This dictionary will provide a comprehensive vocabulary of Classic Mayan and its use in writing. In cooperation with linguists and computer scientists, and by using the virtual research platform TextGrid, the project team members in both Bonn and Göttingen will prepare, analyse and interpret the hieroglyphic texts using latest information technology tools. By compiling the digital text corpus and the dictionary, a foundation for the systematic understanding of the Classic Mayan writing system and underlying language structure will be laid. The machine readable text corpus constitutes the project’s foundation, and allows for complex searches and computer assisted text analyses, resulting in a dynamically organized lexical database.

This year’s workshop will take place on Monday, December 14, from 13.00 to 18.00.
It is dedicated to the following topics:

  • technical development of the virtual epigraphic environment allowing the ontological documentation, analysis and edition of Maya hieroglyphic documents within one system
  • presentation of the project’s latest research results in the study of ancient Maya writing, language and lexicography
  • documentation of Maya inscriptions using a 3D fringe projection scanner for three-dimensional and high-resolution documentation of Maya artefacts with texts

Registration for the event is required, please send an email to Dr. Christian Prager to register. The registration fee for the conference covering tea and coffee breaks is € 5 and is payable upon arrival.