Quotes by Michael D. Coe

"Briefly, the Long Count consists of a tabulation of days elapsed since the supposed inception of the calendar, the total being expressed as so many cycles of differing magnitudes. The largest of these cycles is the baktun, containing 144,000 days; next, the katun, 7,200 days; then the tun, with 360 days; the uinal, with 20; and the smallest of all, always at the bottom of the column, the kin of one day. Each of these in the days of Maya ascendancy was shown with its own hieroglyph, while to its left stood the coefficient by which it was to be multiplied."
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"Covarrubias began proclaiming, like Caso, that Olmec was the “mother culture” of Mesoamerica."
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"The Olmec civilization was truly the first in Mesoamerica."
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Books by Michael D. Coe

  • The Maya
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  • March 30th 2005 by Thames Hudson

    (first published January 1st 1966)

Michael D. Coe
  • Michael D. Coe

  • Date of birth: May 14, 1929
  • Died: September 25, 2019
  • Description: Michael D. Coe was an American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. Primarily known for his work on the Maya civilization.

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