The Maya studies in Poland

The Maya course turned out to be an excellent catalyst for the development of research on the ancient Maya in Poland and Europe. In Poland, the Maya first appeared in scientific literature already in the interwar period, e.g. in the study „Ameryka Środkowa” [„Central America”] by Tadeusz Dybczyński (ChełmDigital Library – Central America( In 1961, an exhibition of Mexican art was shown at the National Museum in Warsaw, where some of the exhibits were pre-Columbian monuments. The exhibition attracted great interest and aroused curiosity (Sombrero | Digital Repository of the National Film Archive ( In Mexico,  in  1965, research on osteological remains related to Olmec and Yucatan sites was conducted by Andrzej Wierciński. In the years 1973–1974 Barbara Konieczna, a student from the Jagiellonian University, worked as Uxmal site in Mexico (together with Pablo Mayor).  In 1977, on the basis of the collected materials, she defended her  master’s thesis at the Jagiellonian University. Elżbieta Siarkiewicz, a lecturer in Iberian Studies at the University of Warsaw since 1973, also contributed to the popularization of the Maya culture,  and Stanisław Iwaniszewski, who has been conducting research in Mexico and Poland since 1985, also conducted archaeoastronomical investigations at the site of Palenque, Uaxactun, Tulum and Yaxchilan.

In the 90s, Maya was taken care of by a new generation of researchers, the most outstanding of whom was Jarosław Źrałka. Since 1999, he has participated in archaeological research  at various  Maya sites in Guatemala. Since 2005,  together with Wiesław Koszkul, he has co-directed the Archaeological Project  Nakum, initiated by Polish archaeologists. 

The Epigraphy course, launched  in 2003/4,  together with the Nakum Archaeological Project, was in the years 2000–2010  one of the factors driving the interest of students and the public in research on the Maya culture.

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