Christophe Helmke graduated with a BA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada after completing an Honours Thesis on Classic period (AD 250 - 900) Lowland Maya stelae. He received his MA from the institute of Archaeology, University College London, England in 2001. His MA Thesis focused on identifying the social processes responsible for the dissemination of Terminal Classic (ca. AD 830-950) Molded-carved vases throughout the eastern Central Lowlands. He is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, and expected to graduate in 2004.
He has been actively involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1993. Excavations he has participated on include investigations of Gallo-Roman period (200 BC - AD 53) Bibracte (France) and Heijo-Heian period (AD 784 - 794) Nagaoka Kyo (Japan). After completing the field school of the BVAR project in 1996 he returned to the project as archaeological illustrator, surveyor and epigrapher. Since then he has been focusing on the analysis of the ceramic assemblages retrieved from caves. Since 1999 he has been supervising the excavations of the plazuela group known as Pook's Hill. These investigations are aimed at recovering data useful in comparisons between the material culture from residential and ritual sites in the Roaring Creek Valley of Central Belize.
Research Interests Include:
|The Analysis of Epigraphic Material from the Belize Valley (Including Altun Ha, Baking Pot, Buenavista, Cahal Pech, Pacbitun, Caracol)|
|Terminal Classic/Incipient Postclassic Molded-carved vases|
|Classic Period Maya Ceramic Cache Containers|
|The Function of Ancient Maya Ceramic Vessels|
|The Glyphic Primary Standard Sequence|
|Elaboration of Standard Conventions for Archaeological Illustrations and Maps|
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