provides publication assistance to scientists, with special
attention to archaeology and related fields.
We enthusiastically recommend this beautiful book by Michael D. Coe and Justin Kerr
(Harry N. Abrams, 1998). Among its weath of photographs is one of a classic-period ceramic
vessel (ca. 672-830) from the Nakbé region of Guatemala. This polychrome vase depicts the
Maya Hero Twins demonstrating their mastery over death before the lords of the underworld.
this scene, a rabbit acts as a scribe, recording the events unfolding before him in a book
covered with the spotted skin of a jaguar. And yes, this was the source for the Scribal
Traditions logo, updated and adapted by Lisa Roger.
The Art of the Maya Scribe and the books recommended below are all available from Powell's Books,
"the largest new and used bookstore in the world."
Jesse David Jennings, archaeologist of the American southwest, gives us his
memoirs. Jennings, a professor of anthropology for more than 40 years, founded the the
Utah Museum of Natural History and directed the Glen Canyon salvage team and other famous
excavations. University of Utah Press, 1994.
Luck: Adventures in Archaeological Ceramics
Florence Lister's autobiographical reminiscences, published by University of
New Mexico Press, 1997.
A Brief Introduction
Brian Fagan provides readers with a clear and comprehensive guide to basic
principles, methods, and theoretical approaches to archaeology in this sixth edition of a
classic text. Addison-Wesley, 1996. For a less comprehensive history but a more
vivid picture of the personalities involved, see the first-person accounts of great
archaeological discoveries, as told by the people who discovered them, in Eyewitness
to Discovery: First-Person Accounts of More Than Fifty of the World's Greatest
Archaeological Discoveries, edited by Fagan. Oxford University Press,
The Science of Once and Future Things
One of the best introductions to archaeology. Bryan Haden describes the
basic concepts and tools of archaeology and the questions that archaeologists seek to
resolve. W H Freeman & Co., 1992.
Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology
Paul Bahn provides a complete and authoritative history of the development
of archaeology, from simple antiquarian to more scientific systems of analysis. More than
one hundred color illustrations. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology
Wendy Ashmore and Robert Sharer. Mayfield Publishing Company, 1995.
Oxford Companion to Archaeology
Editors Brian M. Fagan, Charlotte Beck, and Neil Asher Silberman have
assembled a definitive tome, full of terrific encylopedic articles from professionals in
For fun, try Elizabeth
Peters's mysteries featuring Egyptologist Amelia Peabody.
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