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In This Issue
News from Guatemala
Discovering an ancient city is one of the rewards for archaeologists who spend their lives in the jungles of Central America recording and preserving the monuments of the Maya. By Peter A. Young
From the President
A Model Exhibition
In an era when new excavations have become increasingly difficult for political and economic reasons, the storeroom could become a new frontier for archaeologists who lack the means or opportunities for field research. Antiche Stanze (Ancient Rooms) at the National Archaeological Museum in Rome focuses on objects excavated over the past century in the area of Rome's central railway station. By Stephen L. Dyson
Letters Ancestral Search, Gunning for Henry VIII, Some Sort of Raft, Bonampak Reproduction, Department of Corrections
In Vino Veritas
A recently published study suggests that modern drinking patterns in western Europe are rooted in ancient traditions of wine and beer consumption and social attitudes toward drunkenness. By James Wiseman
Redlining Anthropology
Primers on the relationship between those who study culture and those who are studied. (Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the Critique of Anthropology. T. Biolsi and L. Zimmerman, eds. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1997. Cloth $45.00, ISBN 0-8165-1606-5; paper $19.95, ISBN 0-8165-1607-3; Native Americans and Archaeologists: Stepping Stones to Common Ground. N. Swidler, K. Dongoske, R. Anyon, and A. Downer, eds. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 1997. Cloth $49.00, ISBN 0-7619-8900-5; paper $24.95, ISBN 0-7619-8901-3.) Reviewed by Joe Watkins (Check out ARCHAEOLOGY's bookstore.)
At the Museums
Looking through Roman Glass
A review of an exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia of more than 200 glass vessels made between the first century B.C. and the seventh century A.D. By David Whitehouse (Check out ARCHAEOLOGY's latest list of museum exhibitions.)
Feats of Engineering
A review of Nova: Secrets of Lost Empires, a set of five videos featuring the pyramids and the massive carved obelisks from Egypt, the mountaintop citadels of the Inkas, the long-vanished roof of the Colosseum in Rome, and Stonehenge. Produced for PBS by the WGBH Science Unit and available from WGBH Boston Video at 1-800-255-9424 for $19.95 each or $69.95 for the set. Reviewed by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
Re-inventing Eli Whitney
Historians and archaeologists now seem to believe that Whitney's inventive genius may well have begun and ended with the cotton gin. By David R. Starbuck

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