Michael D. CoeMichael D. Coe (born 1929) is an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. 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 specialised in comparative studies of ancient tropical forest civilizations, such as those of Central America and Southeast Asia. He currently (as of 2005) holds the chair of Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Yale University, and is Curator Emeritus of the Anthropology collection in the Peabody Museum of Natural History, where he had been Curator from 1968 to 1994.
During the Korean War, Coe worked as a CIA case officer; as a part of a front organization, Western Enterprises, in Taiwan; the CIA's efforts at the time were intended to counter influences and actions of Mao's China in Asia.
He has authored a number of popular works for the non-specialist audience, several of which have been best-selling and much reprinted, such as ''The Maya'' (1966) and ''Breaking the Maya Code'' (1992). He also co-authored the book ''Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs'' (1962, sixth edition, 2008) with Rex Koontz. Provided by Wikipedia
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