Koh, Michael


August 11, 2022

Michael Douglas Coe (or Coe, eng. Michael D. Coe; May 14, 1929 - September 25, 2019) was an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigraphist, Mayanist, emeritus professor at Yale University. He collected and systematized in two large albums inscriptions on ceramics new written sources, on which the Soviet Mayanist Yuri Knorozov began work.


He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1955, he married the daughter of the Soviet and American biologist of Russian origin Theodosius Dobzhansky Sophia, who translated the book by Yuri Knorozov “Writing of the Mayan Indians”. From 1968 to 1994 he was curator of the anthropological collection at Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History. In addition to the Maya, he also explored other cultures of Mesoamerica (in particular, the little-studied tradition of shaft graves and the tradition of Teuchitlán).


Organizer of the exhibition in New York in 1971 "The writing of the ancient Maya". At the same time, he is known for popular science works on the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican Mayan civilization - America's First Civilization (2017), The Maya (2015) and Mexico: from the Olmecs to the Aztecs (2013). Russian translation of Michael Koh's monograph “Maya. The Disappeared Civilization” was twice published by the Moscow publishing house CJSC “Tsentrpoligraf”.



Michael Coe - In Memoriam Archived January 9, 2022 at the Wayback Machine from Yale University