Nicholas Carter

DRCLAS Fellow, Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Program

Nicholas Carter is an anthropological archaeologist and Maya epigrapher specializing in the complex societies of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, with particular interests in ancient geopolitical dynamics and the writing systems of the Maya lowlands and Oaxaca. Nick is a 2015-2016 Fellow with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, enabled through the Santander Program for Research and Conservation of Maya Sculpture. He is a researcher for the CMHI historic photo board digitization project.

Nick served as an archaeologist, ceramicist, and illustrator with the Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz, Guatemala, and a Lecturer in Anthropology and Proctor at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, at Brown University.

M. A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas Austin
Ph.D. (2014) Anthropology, Brown University

Selected Publications

“Once and Future Kings: Classic Maya Geopolitics and Mythic History on the Vase of the Initial Series from Uaxactun.” The PARI Journal 5(4):1–15.

“Multispectral Imaging of an Early Classic Maya Codex Fragment from Uaxactun, Guatemala,” with Jeffrey Dobereiner. Forthcoming in Antiquity.

“Sources and Scales of Classic Maya History,” in Thinking, Writing, and Recording History, edited by Kurt Raaflaub. Wiley-Blackwell, New York.


Photo by Barbara Fash.



Photo by Katharine Lukach.