Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut
Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Historical photo of textile machine

Dr. Iken Paap

Dr. Iken Paap

Amerindian Studies, Archaeology


+49 30 266 45 3202


+49 30 266 35 1550



1. Research Interests

  • Settlement Archaeology
  • Ceramics
  • Mesoamerica
  • Andean Region


2. Current Projects

Research Projects

Colonial Language Materials from Highland Guatemala in the Holdings of the IAI

The Ibero-American Institute in Berlin houses extensive materials on Mesoamerican languages that were collected and acquired by Walter Lehmann (1878-1939) and Eduard Seler (1849-1922). Among these materials are included several hitherto unedited original manuscripts and unique handwritten copies of colonial dictionaries and doctrinal texts. The research objective of this project is the documentation, analysis and publication of the IAI’s colonial indigenous language materials from Highland Guatemala. Several K’iche’ and Kaqchikel dictionaries and texts will be edited and disseminated as part of a multi-year project on Highland Maya lexicography by Frauke Sachse (University of Bonn) and Michael Dürr (Free University of Berlin). The project falls into the field of missionary linguistics and will contribute to our general understanding of processes of colonial knowledge generation and the transfer of cultural concepts through missionary language planning. The project will digitise the relevant manuscripts and in the following stage, make the documents available as philologically accurate editions in book and article form. Duration: 2015-2018


3. Publications

Monographs and Editions

Articles and contributions in books

  • Research note: Mapping and consolidation work at Santa Rosa Xtampak, Campeche.

    Mexicon 41, no. 4: 92-96 (with Antonio Benavides Castillo).

  • Dzehkabtún, Campeche: Chultún 36, dos entierros del Clásico Terminal.

    Tambo. Boletín de Arqueología 4 (2019): 199-215 (with José Ricardo Ruiz Cazares, Iliana Ancona Aragón, Marieke Joel).

  • Das Werk Teobert Malers und seine Bedeutung für die Maya-Archäologie. Beispiele aus Campeche und Yucatán.

    In: Kohl, F. S. / Wolff, G. (Hrsg.): Teobert Maler. Historische Fotografien aus Mexio und Guatemala. Berlin: Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI), 2018, pp. 33-44 (with Antonio Benavides Castillo).

  • Archaeological Fieldwork in the Transitional Zone Between Puuc and Chenes (Campeche, Mexico).

    In: Rubenstein, Meghan (ed.): Recent investigations in the Puuc region of Yucatán. Pre-Columbian Archaeology series. Oxford, UK: Archaeopress (2017): 87-98.

  • Dzehkabtún, Campeche: avances de la temporada 2015. Recorrido, excavación, consolidación y análisis cerámico.

    In: Domínguez Carrasco, María del Rosario et al. (Hrsg.): Los investigadores de la cultura maya. El comercio y otros temas. San Francisco de Campeche: Universidad Autónoma de Campeche (2017): 343-355 (with A. Benavides Castillo und I. Ancona Aragón).

  • Arquitectura post-monumental en el Puuc y la zona transitoria Puuc-Chenes.

    In: Szykulski, J./Bautista Quijano, E./Krajewska, K./Mikocik L. (eds.): Avances recientes en la Americanística Mundial/The Latest Results of American Studies. Tambo. Boletín de Arqueología 3. Wroclaw/Arequipa: University of Wroclaw/Universidad Católica de Santa Maria-Arequipa (2016): 145-172.

  • Hallazgo de un depósito de excéntricos en Dzehkabtún, Campeche, Mpo. de Hopelchén.

    Mexicon 38.3 (2016): 58-60 (with A. Benavides Castillo und L. M. Kaiser).

  • Die Grabungen des Ibero-Amerikanischen Instituts – Preußischer Kulturbesitz in Dzehkabtún (Campeche, Mexiko).

    In: Frühsorge, Lars,Meike Böge, Christian Brückner, Miriam Heun, Jenny Lebuhn-Chetri und Dirk Tiemann (Hrsg.): Mesoamerikanistik: Archäologie, Ethnohistorie, Ethnographie und Linguistik. Eine Festschrift der Mesoamerika-Gesellschaft Hamburg e.V. Aachen: Shaker, 2015: 200-218.

  • Dzehkabtún, Campeche y los resultados de las temporadas 2013/2014: mapeo, excavación y consolidación.

    Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya 23.2 (2015): 101-122 (with Antonio Benavides Castillo).

  • Dzehkabtún y Edzná, Campeche: edificios de planta circular.

    Mexicon 37.2 (2015): cover, 29-33 (with Antonio Benavides C.).

  • Das Archäologische Projekt Dzehkabtún. Kontinuitäten und Brüche: End- und Postklassik im nördlicen Campeche, Mexiko.

    Nachrichten der Deutsch-Mexikanischen Gesellschaft April (2015): 4-6.

  • Dzehkabtún 3D. Levantamiento topográfico y reconstrucción virtual de un sitio maya.

    Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya 22.2 (2014): 277-286 (with Philipp Sebastian Jansen).

  • The obsidian and ceramics of the Puuc region: Chronology, lithic procurement, and production at Xkipche, Yucatan, Mexico.

    Ancient Mesoamerica 22 (2011): 135-154 (with Geoffrey E. Braswell and Michael D. Glascock).

  • Erinnern und Vergessen im archäologischen Befund: Xkipché.

    In: Frühsorge, Lars et al. (ed.): Erinnerungsorte in Mesoamerika. Aachen: Shaker, 2011, 69-86.

  • Die Ausgrabungen der Universität Bonn in Xkipché, Yucatán, 2002-2004.

    In: Lars Frühsorge et al. (ed.), Götter, Gräber und Globalisierung: Indianisches Leben in Mesoamerika - 40 Jahre Alt- und Mesoamerikanistik an der Universität Hamburg. Hamburg: Kovarc, 2010, 69-90.

  • Uxul, Petén campechano: primera temporada de campo, 2009.

    Los Investigadores de la cultura maya 18.2 (2009): 7-24 (with N. Grube).

  • Reconocimiento y mapeo de Dzehkabtún (Municipio de Hopelchén, Campeche).

    Los investigadores de la cultura maya 17.2 (2009): 175-191.

  • Un cráneo de piedra de Dzehkabtún, Campeche, México.

    Mexicon 30.2 (2008): portada, 30.

  • La exploración de Uxul, Petén Campechano: resultados de las investigaciones en el 2007.

    Los investigadores de la cultura maya 16.2 (2008): 267-287 (with N. Grube).

  • Olvido y remembranza en el registro arqueológico: Xkipché.

    Los investigadores de la cultura maya 15.1 (2007): 304-314.

  • Procedural 3D reconstruction of Puuc buildings in Xkipché.

    In: M. Ioannides et al. (ed.), The 7th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage VAST 2006 (Eurographics Symposium Proceedings). Aire-la-Ville, 2006, 139-146 (with P. Müller, T. Vereenooghe, P. Wonka, L. Van Gool).

  • The Pottery of Khyinga-Khalun, Mustang District, Nepal.

    In: U. Franke-Vogt & H.-J. Weisshaar (ed.), South Asian Archaeology 2003. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, Bonn 2003. Forsch. z. Arch. Außereurop. Kulturen, 1). Aachen: Linden Soft, 2005, 271–276.

  • Epiklassikum in Nordyucatán: Siedlungsarchäologie in Südost-Mexiko.

    Archäologie Online, Januar 2003.

  • On the Rise and Fall of the Town of Xkipché.

    German Research 2 (2003): 4-7 (with M. Vallo and H. J. Prem).

  • Las excavaciones en Xkipché, Yucatán en 2003

    Los investigadores de la cultura maya 11.2 (2003): 263-277 (with M. Vallo)


4. Curriculum Vitae

Since December 2010

Staff member of the Research and Publications Department at the Ibero-American Institute, editorial office of the journal INDIANA


Field director: Archaeological Project Uxul, Abt. für Altamerikanistik, Institute VII, Bonn University


Scholarship from the German Archaeological Institute (DAI - Research Cluster I)


Staff member, field director: Archaeological Project Xkipché, Institut für Altamerikanistik und Ethnologie, Bonn University


PhD, Bonn University. Dissertation: "Die Keramik von Khyinga, Mustang District, Nepal“ [The Ceramics from Khyinga, Mustang District, Nepal]


Staff member: Archaeological Project Xkipché, Institut für Altamerikanistik und Ethnologie, Bonn University


Master, Bonn University. Master's thesis: "Methodenkritik des Virú Valley Projects" [A methodological review of the Virú Valley Project]


Staff member: Nepal-German Project on High Mountain Archaeology, German Archaeological Institute - KAVA, Bonn


Studies at the Universities of Vienna and Bonn (Ethnology/Amerindian Studies, Prehistory, Romance languages and literature)

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