Dr. Michael Coe is the Charles J. MacCurdy professor emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University and curator emeritus of the Division of Anthropology at the school’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. He is an expert on the Maya, who inhabited the same part of Mexico and Central American where Mormon scholars say the events of the Book of Mormon took place. In this interview, Coe discusses the challenges facing Mormon archaeologists attempting to prove the historical truth of their central scripture and his own views on Joseph Smith.
A few resources from the interview include:
- Dr. Coe’s 1973 Dialogue article on Book of Mormon Archaeology
- Transcript of Dr. Coe’s PBS Interview from the documentary “The Mormons.”
- Dr. Coe’s Autobiography: Final Report: An Archaeologist Excavates his Past.
- The IMDB entry, a Spanish version of, and a reference to the movie/film strip “Ancient America Speaks” mentioned in the podcast, published by the LDS church and shown for well over a decade in LDS missionary efforts worldwide. (If you can find an online version in English, please provide a link either here or in email).
A follow-up interview with Dr. Michael Coe has been released in April 2018. You may find this interview here.