Michael Coe (b. 1929) is an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. He received both his bachelors and PhD from Harvard University. Coe is primarily known for his research in the field of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican studies (and in particular, for his work on the Maya civilization, where he is regarded as one of the foremost Mayanist scholars of the latter 20th century), Coe has also made extensive investigations across a variety of other archaeological sites in North and South America. He has also specialized in comparative studies of ancient tropical forest civilizations, such as those of Central America and Southeast Asia, such as the Khmer civilization in Cambodia.



Main Publications:

  1. (1)1961   La Victoria, An Early Site on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. (Papers of
    the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Vol. 53). 163 pp. Cambridge, MA.

  2. (2)1962   Mexico (Ancient Peoples and Places). 245 pp. London: Thames and Hudson

  3. (3)1965   The Jaguar’s Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico. 126 pp. New York: Museum of Primitive Art.

  4. (4)1966   The Maya (Ancient Peoples and Places). 186 pp.

  5. (5)1967   Early Cultures and Human Ecology in South Coastal Guatemala (with Kent V. Flannery). (Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology, Vol. 3.) 136 pp. Washington, D.C.

  6. (6)1968   America’s First Civilization: Discovering the Olmec. New York: American Heritage Press.

  7. (7)1973   The Maya Scribe and His World. 160 pp. New York: The Grolier Club.

  8. (8)1978   Lords of the Underworld: Masterpieces of Classic Maya Ceramics. 142 pp. Princeton University Press.

  9. (9)1980   In the Land of the Olmec (with Richard A. Diehl). 2 vols. Vol. 1: The Archaeology of San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán. 416 pp. Vol. 2:  The People of the River. 198 pp. University of Texas Press.