Adventures in Archaeology

Discover a little-known world of archaeology   “Transcendent. A brilliant, thought-provoking exploration of the role of archaeology in understanding the recent past, this book takes the reader on a journey from the frozen north, the depths of the sea, and the vastness of the Pacific to the ends of space.”—James P. Delgado, coauthor of The Maritime … Continue reading Adventures in Archaeology

Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

“This exciting volume brings together new bioanthropological research from the Maya area and the Valley of Mexico concerning ancient migration, mortuary practices, and identity. A critical and innovative resource for all students of the ancient Americas.” —Geoffrey E. Braswell, editor of The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors: Settlement Patterns, Architecture, Hieroglyphic Texts, and Ceramics “Highlights … Continue reading Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica

Behind the Scenes at a Maya Archaeological Site

The near-legendary ancient city of Chocolá in Guatemala is the subject of a new book by archaeologists Jonathan Kaplan and Federico Paredes Umaña: Water, Cacao, and the Early Maya of Chocolá. Based on extensive fieldwork by the authors, this book offers evidence that the city was innovative and influential early in the development of Maya … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at a Maya Archaeological Site

The Evidence for Insect Eating in Human Evolution

Written by Julie J. Lesnik, author of Edible Insects and Human Evolution   Unlike the archaeological record for meat eating, which contains evidence from numerous sites of butchered bones with marks left by stone tools, the evidence for insect eating is scarce. However, this does not mean that insects were not an important part of … Continue reading The Evidence for Insect Eating in Human Evolution

Edible Insects and Human Evolution

"An original and satisfying synthesis on the evolution of the human diet that draws from all the relevant fields of the natural and social sciences."—W. C. McGrew, author of The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology   "Engaging. Argues most convincingly that insects were an important food source during human evolution."—Margaret J. Schoeninger, University of California … Continue reading Edible Insects and Human Evolution

Water, Cacao, and the Early Maya of Chocolá

“The site of Chocolá is extremely important for the study of the rise and development of civilization in southern Mesoamerica. This book represents the first systematic description and analysis of this center and is a significant contribution to Mesoamerican archaeology.”—Takeshi Inomata, coeditor of Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community and Power “Kaplan and Paredes Umaña leave no … Continue reading Water, Cacao, and the Early Maya of Chocolá

Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology

“Heralds a new direction in bioarchaeological research, showcasing a diverse array of studies from across the world which emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary analysis when seeking to understand the lives of past children.”—Rebecca C. Redfern, author of Injury and Trauma in Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Violence in Past Lives “Impressive and refreshing. Incorporates a diversity of contributions that … Continue reading Children and Childhood in Bioarchaeology