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Final Report: An Archaeologist Excavates His Past  

Coe, M.
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 0500051437.
Mesoamerican archaeologist Michael Coe says of his autobiography, "I've been digging into my past and this is my report on what I've found." See also our review. 224 pages.
The Kelemen Journals: Incidents of Discovery of Art in the Americas 1932-69 

Keleman, P.
San Diego: Sunbelt Publications, 2005. ISBN 0932653677.
This book provides a window on a time when Maya sites lay largely cloaked in jungle and the Inca's Machu Picchu was visited only by a curious few. See also our review. 256 pages.
The Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes 

Reinhard, J.
Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2005. ISBN 0792268385.
This book combines adventure writing and insights into Inca culture with an introduction to the rigors and rewards of high-altitude archaeology. It also offers a look at mummy politics, as competing scientists, universities, and South American bureaucrats vie to control these finds. See also our review. 400 pages.
Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca 

Young-Sanchez, M.
Denver: Denver Art Museum, 2004. ISBN 0803249217.
Exhibition curator Margaret Young-Sanchez examines Tiwanaku's art and culture, with a particular emphasis on its remarkably well-preserved textiles, many of which are published here for the first time. See also our review. 192 pages.
Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History 

Evans, S.
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2004. ISBN 0500051275.
A comprehensive introduction to ancient Mesoamerica by Aztec expert Susan Toby Evans, this hefty tome presents both the basics and the latest research into the great civilizations of the Precolumbian world. 608 pages.
Archaeological Research on the Islands of the Sun and Moon, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 

Stanish, C., and B. Bauer, eds.
Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, 2004. ISBN 1931745129.
Beginning in 1994, the Proyecto Tiksi Kjarka conducted a complete survey of the islands of the Sun and Moon in southern Lake Titicaca, along with test excavations of important Inca, Tiwanaku, and pre-Tiwanaku sites. This book provides the final results of this work on one of the most important locations in the circum-Titicaca Basin, with detailed survey and excavation data indispensable for Andeanists and other scholars interested in the development of complex political, economic and ritual systems in prehistory. 224 pages.
Moche Portraits from Ancient Peru 

Donnan, C.
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. ISBN 0292716222.
This book is crowded with more than 250 stunning color photos of the faces of men who lived on Peru's northern coast some fifteen centuries ago and allows readers a rare opportunity to come face to face with living, breathing men from Peru's past. See also our review. 220 pages.
Romancing the Maya 

Evans, R.
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. ISBN 0292702477.
The author investigates the appropriation of Mexican cultural heritage by nineteenth-century Americans. Focusing on five seminal figures of the time, Evans explores the motives and reasons behind such ideas as the desire to create a national museum of American antiquities in New York City, the Mormon attempt to associate the ancient Maya with the Lost Tribes of Israel, and even an attempt to prove that ancient Mesoamerica was the cradle of North American and Northern European civilization. 202 pages.
Stealing History 

Atwood, R.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004. ISBN 0312324065.
This book focuses on the impact of the looting in the late 1980s of the Royal Tombs of Sípan in northern Peru and extraordinary relics of Moche culture. The author talks to looters, private collectors, archaeologists, and undercover FBI agents. See also our review. 320 pages.
The Ancient Maya of the Belize Valley 

Garber, J.
Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004. ISBN 0813026857.
Research in the Belize Valley since the 1950s. Attempting to create one volume for all of the data from the different sites in the region, a key to understanding the region is shown through the interconnectedness of settlements. 451 pages.

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