Yaxchilán, Lintel 24 - K2887 ©Justin Kerr - Click to view high resolution MAYA HIEROGLYPH DICTIONARY
Peter Mathews and Péter Bíró
Drawings by John Montgomery

About the Authors

Dr. Peter Mathews is professor of archaeology and epigraphy at Latrobe University, in Melbourne, Australia. His faculty experience also includes the University of Calgary and Yale, where he received his Ph.D.  Dr. Mathews is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship and his contributions to Maya glyph decipherment include being the first to recognize "name tagging" (or ownership). He is a highly respected epigrapher and archaeologist—one who began his study of Maya glyphs with David Kelley and the late and renowned: Floyd Lounsbury, Tatiana Proskouriakoff, and Linda Schele. Dr. Mathews will be adding to and updating the dictionary with newly proposed readings from the Maya Meetings at Texas, sources of texts, dates of the passage and the contemporary date of the monument. FAMSI extends their gratitude to Dr. Mathews for his contributions, time and efforts to help make this Dictionary a unique research tool.

Peter Bíró received his Bachelors Degree in History from the University of Szeged, Hungary in 2000 and a Masters in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM-2004, with a university scholarship). Now living in Australia, Peter Bíró is the recipient of both the La Trobe University Postgraduate Scholarship and the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship as he works towards a PhD, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Mathews. At La Trobe, Department of Archaeology, he is working with Mayan epigraphy, political history, political organization, linguistics and especially with the inscriptions of the Usumacinta Region. He is also the epigrapher for the Plan de Ayutla Archaeological project, lead by Luis Alberto Martos and funded by the INAH, México.

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