Mayan Archetecture
Michael Coe

Solving Mysteries of the Ancient Maya

7PM Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Dr. Michael


Michael D. Coe 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.



The decipherment of the Maya script and recent archaeological investigation have solved many Maya mysteries: the origins of Maya civilization, the nature of Classic period city-states, the Maya view of the world and the supernatural, and (perhaps) the factors that contributed to the disastrous collapse of the Classic Maya.



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