When the heavy-metal group Iron Maiden comes to Philadelphia in June, a local researcher can take credit for some of the attendant pageantry.

At the band's request, the University of Pennsylvania's Simon Martin translated 11 of the group's head-banging song titles into ancient Mayan hieroglyphs.

Martin, an associate curator at Penn's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, saw his handiwork incorporated into the group's album art and the illustrations on the tailfin of its tour plane.

Read more about the scholar's off-beat assignment here.