Phillip J Wanyerka
 Title: Associate College Lecturer AAU
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 932
 Phone: 216-687-2153
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 932, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2006
Brief Bio:
My research is concerned with exploring the interrelationships between language, culture, and writing with an areal focus on ancient Mesoamerica. This research includes such topics as archaeology, Maya discourse analysis (Yukatek, Itzá, Mopan, Ch'ol, Ch'orti'), early writing systems, ancient political organization and state development. Since 1990, I have devoted most of my efforts to documenting and interpreting the ancient Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions of Southern Belize and Adjacent Guatemala (the Southern Belize Epigraphic Project). I also serve as the project epigrapher for two other archaeological projects: the Maya Mountains Archaeological Project (a multidisciplinary study aimed at exploring ancient Maya resource exploitation and exchange in southern Belize) and the Nixtun-Ch'ich' Archaeological Project (a multidisciplinary study of the Cadeleria Peninsula of Lake Petén Itzá, Guatemala). I am also an archaeologist for the Midwest Archaeological Center, a division of the National Park Service.

In addition to all of this, I also serve as an academic consultant and faculty presenter for an incredible program initiated by fellow CSU colleagues, Dr. Laura Martin, Nadine Grimm, and Dr. Ralph Gibson, to develop a multidisciplinary approach for educational curricula aimed at teaching Spanish through Mayan language, science, and culture for grades K-12 and for secondary education. Based on a generous grant from the Ohio Collaborative for the Humanities at the University of Toledo, this unique program is aimed at providing students and teachers here in the Cleveland area with the opportunity to collaborate with bilingual Mayan students and teachers in Guatemala. The purpose of the project is to develop curricula and produce materials in support of interdisciplinary teaching and educational exchanges that crosses the boundaries of Mayan literature, culture, and ecology.
Research Interests:
New World archaeology, political organization/state development, complex societies and writing systems, Maya hieroglyphic writing, Maya discourse and verbal morphology, Yukatekan and Ch'olan languages; North America, Mesoamerica