Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya

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Project team

  • Director: Nikolai Grube
  • Collaborators: Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner, Sven Gronemeyer, Katja Diederichs


In 2014, the Düsseldorf North Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Sciences and Art Institute set up the "Text Database and Dictionary of Mayan Classical Characters" in the Philosophy Department of the University of Bonn to study the characters and languages of Maya culture (press releases and short films) . The project led by Dr. Nikolai Grube from the Department of Ancient Studies in the United States is to perform text technology and stone processing on all Mayan hieroglyphic texts. On this basis, it will be compiled and edited for the next fifteen years. This long-term project funded 5.4 million euros, is positioned in the digital humanities in an orderly manner, and cooperated with the eHumanities research association TextGrid (University Library of Lower Saxony and Göttingen) and universities and state universities to develop the Bonn Library Dictionary Project to form Bonn An important interface between university humanities and computer science.


  • Christian Prager & Cristina Vertan (2021). “Machines Reading and Deciphering Maya Hieroglyphs: Towards a Digital Epigraphy of Maya Hieroglyphic Writing” Digital Classicist Seminar. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuAAY5gnMyE