Dr Sven Gronemeyer Adjunct Research Fellow, Archaeology

Studied Anthropology of the Americas, Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, and Egyptology at the University of Bonn beginning in 1998. Master of Arts awarded in 2004 with an epigraphic study of the inscriptions of Tortuguero, Mexico. Doctoral fellowship recipient at La Trobe University in Melbourne from 2011 to 2014. Doctorate completed in 2015 with a dissertation on the orthographic conventions of Maya writing and phonemic reconstruction of Classic Mayan. Staff member of the Proyecto Arqueológico Tamarindito, Guatemala, from 2010 to 2012. Vice President of Wayeb (European Association of Mayanists) from 2014 to 2016. Honorary Associate of La Trobe University from 2015 to 2020, Adjunct Research Fellow since 2020. Recipient of a 2015 Nancy Millis Medal. From 2014 to 2020, Research Assistant in the project "Text Database and Dictionary of Classic Mayan" of the North-Rhine Westphalian Academy of the Sciences, Humanities and the Arts and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities at the University of Bonn.
The major area of interest is the Classic Maya culture. Epigraphic interests primarily in historiographic aspects and systems of political and territorial organization, as well as typological investigations of the writing system. Linguistic points of focus on comparative and quantitative methods in Classic Mayan historical linguistics, particularly in the areas of phonology and morphology.


selected publications