Mayanist of the Month – May 2018 – Tatiana Proskouriakoff

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft will be putting her knowledge of Maya mythology and archaeology to the test as she races against time to save the world from impending doom. To celebrate the game’s upcoming release, I will be paying tribute to some of the greatest female Mayanists in a new monthly series of articles, simply titled “Mayanist of the Month”. The study of Mesoamerica’s Maya civilisation has attracted scholars from a variety of social and academic backgrounds. From Victorian-era artists to modern-day anthropologists and epigraphers, women have been responsible for some of the field’s most significant developments and discoveries, achievements I plan to showcase throughout the course of this monthly series. ********* Our first Mayanist of the Month is the Russian-born archaeologist and epigrapher, Tatiana Proskouriakoff (1909-1985). Tatiana Proskouriakoff was born in the Siberian city of Tomsk in January 1909 to physician Alla Nekrassova and her chemist husband, Avenir Proskouriakoff, and showed a talent for art and languages from an early age. In 1915, the Proskouriakoff family moved to the United States when Tatiana’s father was asked to oversee the production of munitions for Russia’s WWI war efforts; the family chose to stay in their adoptive […]

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