Professor Nikolai Grube, born in Bonn in 1962, studied Pre-Columbian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Hamburg and received his doctorate in 1989 for his dissertation “The development of Maya Writing.” Since the 1980’s he has remained committed to Maya oral tradition, hieroglyphic texts and culture and has worked on various archaeological sites in the Maya region. From 1999 to 2003 he held the Linda and David Schele Chair in Mezoamerican Writing and Archaeology at the University of Texas, Austin. Since 2004, he is a professor of Anthropology of the Americas at the University of Bonn. Currently, he is directing the archaeological project of Uxul in Campeche, Mexico, and the Maya hieroglyphic dictionary project at the University of Bonn. His books and publications deal with the various aspects of Maya culture, particularly with the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing, Maya dynastic history and political structure.