Christophe Helmke

Christophe Helmke


Christophe Helmke is Associate professor of American Indian Languages and Cultures at the Institute of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and languages of Mesoamerica. Since 2000 he has tutored hieroglyphic workshops as part of a series of conferences in Europe as well as North and Central America. Besides Maya archaeology and epigraphy, other research interests include the Pre-Columbian use of caves, Mesoamerican writing systems as well as rock art and comparative Amerindian mythology.


  • PhD (2009) Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University of London, London
  • MA (2001) Archaeology (with distinction), Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • BA (1997) Anthropology (with honours), Department of Anthropology, McGill University


  • 2019-2024: Co-Director, De centralmexikanske skriftsystemer og kalendere (VELUX)
  • 2018-2019: Project Epigrapher, Caracol Archaeological Project
  • 2014-2017: Project Epigrapher, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project
  • 2009-2014: Director, Scribal Practices and Dialects in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (DFF/FKK)
  • 2005-2007: Co-director, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project
  • 1999-2003: Field Director, Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project (Pook's Hill)
  • 1996-1998: Archaeological Surveyor and Illustrator, Western Belize Regional Cave Project
  • 1995-1995: Excavator, Nagaoka Kyō Salvage Excavations (Kyōto Research Institute for Buried Cultural Properties)
  • 1994-1995: Excavator, Sanctuaire Gallo-Romain de la Tour aux Fées (CNRS)
  • 1993-1994: Excavator, Centre Archéologique Européen du Mont Beuvray (Bibracte)

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