Nikolai Grube

Nikolai K. Grube (born in 1962 in Bonn ) is a German Altamerikanist who works primarily in the field of Mayan research and specifically the Mayan inscriptions.


Early on, fascinated Nikolai Grube of archeology; already in his school years he published his first work on the Maya. He studied Ancient American Studies, Anthropology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Indology at the University of Hamburg. There he completed in 1989 his PhD, then he moved to Bonn. Together with the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, he organized the international exhibition The World of the Maya, who guested in Hildesheim, Vienna, Mannheim and Cologne. From 1992 to 1995, he held a postdoctoral fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft ( DFG) for the project Oral traditions of Cruzoob Maya in Mexico, where he also had the opportunity to participate in various research projects in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. 1999 and his habilitation in ethnology, again in Bonn, the same year he was a Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG. From 2000 to 2004 he was the owner of the Linda and David Schele Chair at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focus here was the emergence of earlier states and writing systems in prehispanic Mesoamerica, the ethnolinguistics the Mayan languages ​​and cultural revitalization movements of Indian groups. In April 2004, entered the pit C4 - Professorship for Ancient American Studies and Ethnology at the Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms University of Bonn, in place of Hannsjürgen Prem, he became Managing Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Americas (IAE ) (now the Department of Anthropology of the Americas ).

Regularly conduct his research Nikolai Grube in the areas of the Maya and other Native American cultures of Central America. He pays much attention to the relationship between the cultures of the Maya and Teotihuacán, the competition of Tikal and Calakmul at the output of the classic period of the Maya, but also of the later history of the Maya and their presence.

Field research