BOOKS RECEIVED: Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh, “The Maya Forest Garden: Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Henry Tantalean, “Peruvian Archaeology: A Critical History” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book offers a unique, critical perspective on the history of Peruvian archaeology by a native scholar. Leading Peruvian archaeologist Henry Tantalean illuminates the cultural legacy of colonialism beginning with “founding father” Max Uhle and traces key developments to the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED:  Leshikar-Denton and Erreguerena, eds., “Underwater and Maritime Archaeology in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
The waters of Latin America and the Caribbean are rich with archaeological sites, including coastal settlements, defensive forts, freshwater sources, fishing-related activities, navigational aids, anchorages, harbours, ports, shipbuilding sites, shipwrecks and survivor camps. Tragically, treasure-hunting has had a deep impact… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Gustavo Politis, “Nukak: Ethnoarchaeology of an Amazonian People” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
From Gustavo Politis, one of the most renowned South American archaeologists, comes the first in-depth study in English of the last “undiscovered” people of the Amazon. His work is groundbreaking and urgent, both because of encroaching guerrilla violence that makes… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel, “Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican-American Recipes for Health and Healing” (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015)
More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by “traditional” Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Authors… Read More
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