Pierre Colas

Professor, Academic

1976 – 2008

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Who was Pierre Colas?

Pierre Robert Colas was a German anthropologist, archaeologist and epigrapher. As a Mayanist scholar who investigated the pre-Columbian Maya civilization of ancient Mesoamerica, Colas was well known for his contributions to the study of the Maya writing system, and his archaeological work on cave sites used by the Maya. His analysis of onomastics—personal naming practices and titles of rank—in Classic-era Maya inscriptions was the first major publication of its kind. Colas also conducted ethnographic studies and surveys among contemporary Maya communities living in Belize. In Europe, he had close involvement with the organisation of academic conferences and workshops on the Maya, as a workshop tutor, presenter of original papers, and editor of several conference proceedings and reports.

Since 2006 Colas held a position as assistant professor in the Anthropology Department of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

On the evening of August 26, 2008 Dr. Colas was shot dead in his Nashville home. He was 32 years old.

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Born
Jan 13, 1976
London
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Cologne
  • University of Hamburg
Lived in
  • Mexico
Died
Aug 26, 2008
Nashville

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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