Volume 56 Number 1, January/February 2003
Lifeline to Byzantium (page 24)
For updates on Newcastle's Water Supply of Constantinople Project, visit their website at museums.ncl.ac.uk/long_walls/WaterSupply.htm.
Fortress on the Hudson (page 32)
The Bannerman Castle trust has an excellent website www.bannermancastle.org, where among other things you can order copies of C.S. Bannerman's The Story of Bannerman Island (Fishkill, NY; Bannerman Castle Trust, 1962), the only comprehensive history of the castle. JFLogan Books publishes a fascmile edition of the 1900 Bannerman Catalogue of Military Goods. For more information and sample pages go to www.jfloganbooks.com.
Guardians of the Dead (page 42)
Loot, Legitimacy and Ownership: The Ethical Crisis in Archaeology (London; Duckworth Ltd., 2000), by C. Renfrew is a short, impassioned, elegantly written account that lays bare how the antiquities trade and irresponsible museums are slowly snuffing out the world's remaining archaeological heritage. The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property (Albuquerque; University of New Mexico Press, 1999), edited by P. M. Messenger gives all views on the looting debate--collectors, curators, and cultural property scolds. "Culture Without Context," the newsletter of the Illicit Antiquities Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, U.K. is available online at www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/IARC/cwoc/contents.htm. K.E. Meyer's The Plundered Past (New York; Atheneum, 1973) is a classic exposé of the illicit antiquities trade. Trade in Illicit Antiquities (Cambridge, UK: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2001), edited by Neil Brodie, Jennifer Doole, and Colin Renfrew, is an up-to-date account of the damage caused by looters and those who pay them.
For more on Peruvian archaeology and Sipan, see Royal Tombs of Sipán (Los Angeles: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, 1993), a lavishly illlustrated volume by W. Alva and C. B. Donnan. M. E. Moseley's The Incas and their Ancestors (London: Thames & Hudson, 2001) is a brilliant, hypnotically readable account of the sweep of Andean civilization before the Spaniards. Lords of Sipan: A True Story of Pre-Inca Tombs, Archaeology and Crime (New York: Henry Holt, 1992), by S. D. Kirkpatrick is an entertaining page-turner on the smuggling of the Sipán hoard and Alva's excavations.
Remembering Chelmno (page 50)
For more on Chelmno, visit the Simon Wiesenthal Center online at motlc.wiesenthal.com/pages/t013/t01379.html. The post-war Central Commision for Investigation of German Crimes in Poland report on Chelmno can be found at weber.ucsd.edu/~lzamosc/gchelmno.html.
Letter from Mexico (page 64)
For more on the historic churches of Yucatán, see M Bretos' Iglesias de Yucatán (Mérida: Editorial Dante, 1992) and the comprehensive guide, Maya Missions (Santa Barbara: Espadaña Press, 2001), by R. Perry. An online version of Perry's book with special features can be found at www.colonial-mexico.com/Yucatan/maya.htm. S. Edgerton's Theaters of Conversion is a beautifully illustrated volume that tackles the topic of syncretism of ancient religion and Catholicism represented in the religious art and architecture of colonial Mexico (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001). Perhaps the most readable and engrossing history of the period immediately following the conquest of Yucatán is I. Clendinnen's Ambivalent Conquests (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992). A. Tozzer's translation of Landa's Relación de las cosas de Yucatán (Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, vol. 18, Harvard University, 1941) has abundant secondary annotation that makes this an essential source. N. Reed's The Caste War of Yucatán (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001) provides an excellent general history of the Caste War, while D. Dumond's The Machete and the Cross (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997) delves more deeply into the historic details of the people and events of the war.
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