Michael Douglas Coe (May 14, 1929 – September 25, 2019)[1] was an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. He is known for his research on pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, particularly the Maya, and was among the foremost Mayanists[2] of the late 20th century. He specialized in comparative studies of ancient tropical forest civilizations, such as those of Central America and Southeast Asia. He held the chair of Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Yale University, and was Curator Emeritus of the Anthropology collection in the Peabody Museum of Natural History, where he had been Curator from 1968 to 1994.[3]

Coe authored a number of popular works for the non-specialist audience, several of which were 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.

Books in order of publication:

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs1962
The Maya (Ancient Peoples & Places)1966
An Early Stone Pectoral from Southeastern Mexico1966
Three Maya Relief Panels at Dumbarton Oaks1966
America’s First Civilization1968
The Maya Scribe and his World1973
Classic Maya Pottery at Dumbarton Oaks1975
Lords of the Underworld: Masterpieces of Classical Mayan Ceramics1978
La Victoria1978
In the Land of the Olmec1980
The Olmec and Their Neighbors1981
Old Gods and Young Heroes1982
Breaking the Maya Code1992
The Olmec World1995
The Art of the Maya Scribe1998
Reading the Maya Glyphs2001
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization2003
Final Report: An Archaeologist Excavates His Past2006
The Line of Forts2006
Preh Khan Monastic Complex: Angkor, Cambodia2011
Royal Cities of the Ancient Maya2012