Faculty » Karl A. Taube
Professor and Department Chair
Office: 1230 Watkins Hall
In addition to extensive archaeological and linguistic fieldwork in Yucatan, Professor Taube has participated on archaeological projects in Chiapas, Mexico, coastal Ecuador, highland Peru, Copan, Honduras and in the Motagua Valley of Guatemala. Taube is currently serving as the Project Iconographer for the San Bartolo Project in the Peten of Guatemala. Taube has broad interests in the archaeology and ethnology of Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, including the development of agricultural symbolism in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, and the relation of Teotihuacan to the Classic Maya. Much of his recent research and publications center upon the writing and religious systems of ancient Mesoamerica.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Books and Monographs, The Murals of San Bartolo, El Peten, Guatemala, Part 1: The North Wall (2005) with William Saturno and David Stuart), Olmec Art at Dumbarton Oaks (2004), The Writing System of Ancient Teotihuacan (2000), The View from Yalahau: 1993 Archaeological Investigations in Northern Quintana Roo, Mexico (1995, editor with Scott Fedick), Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (1993, with M.E. Miller)); Aztec and Maya Myths (1993), The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan (1992)
Articles: The Symbolism of Jade in Classic Maya Religion (Ancient Mesoamerica, 2005), Flower Mountain: Concepts of Life, Beauty and Paradise among the Classic Maya (Res, 2004), The Stairway Sculptures of Structure 10L-16: Fire and the Evocation and Resurrection of K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo' (in Understanding Early Classic Copan, editors E. Bell, M. Canuto and R. Sharer, 2004), Ancient and Contemporary Maya Conceptions about the Field and Forest (in Lowland Maya Area: Three Millenia and the Human-Wildland Interface, editors A. Gomez- Pompa, M. Allen, S. Fedick and J. Jimenez-Moreno 2003), Tetitla and the Maya Presence at Teoithuacan (in Teotihuacan and the Maya: Reinterpreting Early Classic Maya Interaction, edited by G. Braswell, 2003), The Breath of Life: The Symbolism of Breath and Wind in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest (in The Road to Aztlan: Art from a Mythic Homeland, edited by V. Fields and V. Zamudio-Taylor, 2001), Lightning Celts and Corn Fetishes: The Formative Olmec and the Development of Maize Symbolism in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest (in Olmec Art and Archaeology, editors J. Clark and M Pye, 2000).