David Freidel

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David Freidel
Born (1946-07-11)11 July 1946
Nationality American
Fields Archaeologist and Mayanist

David A. Freidel (born 11 July 1946)[1] is an American academic archaeologist, Mayanist scholar and author. He is best known for the books he co-authored with Linda Schele, Maya Cosmos and Forest of Kings. Freidel attended Commonwealth School in Boston and received both his B. A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. He is married to Carolyn Sargent, an anthropology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and has two daughters.[1] He currently lectures at Washington University in St. Louis, where he conducts a social experiment in lecturing via whisper.


  • Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path. (1993) William Morrow and Company. ISBN 0688100813
  • A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya. (1990) William Morrow and Company.

Waqa - El Peru tour[edit]

He leads tours for Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural trips. www.farhorizons.com including


  1. ^ a b Clark (2005, p.5)


Clark, Kim (19 June 2005). "Danger in the Ruins" (online version). U.S. News & World Report 138 (24) (New York: U.S. News & World Report, L.P.). pp. 54–57 (1–5 online edn). ISSN 0041-5537. OCLC 208750444. 
Schele, Linda; David Freidel (1992). A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya (pbk reprint of ©1990 [New York: W.Morrow] original ed.). New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-688-11204-8. OCLC 145324300.