Marc Zender

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Marc Zender
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisA Study of Classic Maya Priesthood (2004)
Academic work
DisciplineAnthropologist, epigrapher, linguist
Main interests

Marc Zender is an anthropologist, epigrapher, and linguist noted for his work on Maya hieroglyphic writing. As of 2019, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University and a research affiliate at the Middle American Research Institute.[1] His research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems, and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan, Ch'orti', and Nahuatl/Aztec). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles touching on these themes.


Zender obtained a BA in anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 1997, and his MA (1999) and PhD (2004) from the University of Calgary. His dissertation was entitled A Study on Classic Maya Priesthood.[1][2]


  • Peabody Museum Research Grant, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 2010–2011
  • Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Ralph Steinhauer Award of Distinction, Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund, 2002


  • 1999 Diacritical Marks and Underspelling in the Classic Maya Script : Implications for Decipherment. M.A. Thesis, Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary.
  • 2004 On the Morphology of Intimate Possession in Mayan Languages and Classic Mayan Glyphic Nouns. In The Linguistics of Maya Writing (édited by Søren Wichmann, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City).


[3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

  1. ^ a b "Marc Zender". School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  2. ^ Zender, Marc (2004). A Study on Classic Maya Priesthood (PhD thesis). Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  3. ^ "Marc Zender Epigrapher archaeologist J&P Voelkel videos". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  4. ^ Adler, Shawn (2007-09-12). "'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull': What's The Title Mean? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  5. ^ Jason Fisher (2009-05-18). "Lingwë - Musings of a Fish: Teaching Tolkien - The blog of Tolkien scholar and philologist Jason Fisher". Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  6. ^ "Marc Zender". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  7. ^ "Download - Much Ado about Nothing: 2012 and the Maya | Peabody Museum". 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2012-08-04.

External links[edit]

  • (en) AIA Online Interactive Dig [1], Cahal Pech, Belize (2014-2015)
  • (en) Joseph Schuldenrein, 'Deciphering Archaeology: Mayan Hieroglyphs', Myth, Reality, and 21st Century Archaeology (Dec 11, 2013)
  • (en) Andrea Cooper, 'The One Who Hammers,' Trek Magazine, number 34, pp. 18–21 (Dec 2013)
  • (en) Krystal D'Costa, 'Modern Lessons from a Lost Language,'[2] Scientific American (Feb 28, 2013)
  • (en) Julie Murphy, ‘Maya archeology event in Flagler largest in 7 years,’[3] The Daytona Beach News-Journal (Sept 30, 2013)
  • (en) Thomas Dodson, 'The Origins and Development of Writing'[4], CNC Web Interview (Dec 4, 2010)
  • (en) Corydon Ireland, 'Language Made Visible,'[5] Harvard Gazette Online, Monday (Sept 20, 2010)
  • (en) 'Lost Language Found on the Back of 400-Year-Old Letter', National Geographic News (Aug 29, 2010)