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Tatiana Proskouriakoff

(1909—1985)


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(1909–1985), born 23 January in Tomsk, Siberia, Russia. Proskouriakoff moved to the United States with her parents and sister in 1916. The family lived in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, where Tatiana went to school. In 1930 she received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Pennsylvania State College, which was followed by two years of graduate work in architecture and archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. There, impressed by her work, archaeologist Linton Satterthwaite hired her as draftsman and surveyor for his excavations at the Usumacinta River site of Piedras Negras in Guatemala. Proskouriakoff's architectural reconstructions and her study of the sculpture at Piedras Negras (1936–1937) had a profound effect on her later work, which was grounded in this seminal exposure to the Maya.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.


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