Thompson, Edward Herbert

Thompson, Edward Herbert

(1856–1935) explorer, archaeologist; born in Worcester, Mass. Untrained in archaeology, geology, or fieldwork, he managed to get himself sent as U.S. consul to Mexico (1885), expressly to investigate Maya sites, and for 40 years he sent back a stream of valuable artifacts and information, particularly from Chichén Itzá. His popular books stimulated public interest in Maya culture.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.