Reviews and Blog Posts: archaeology

Discovering the First Coloradans

Folsom point among Bison bones. © Denver Museum of Nature and Science

In January 1926, a banker and a blacksmith from Raton, New Mexico walked into the Colorado Museum of Natural History (now the Denver Museum of Nature and Science) carrying a sack of very large bones. The bones once belonged to an extinct bison called Bison antiquus, and the museum's director, Jesse Figgins, was very excited to see them. It wasn't just that he might acquire a new Bison antiquus specimen for the museum. The bigger opportunity Figgins saw was the possibility of excavated the site where the bones were found, and finding human artifacts among them.

The Getty Villa

by Marion True

If you like: Roman Architecture, Antiquities, Museum Studies, Architecture, or Museum Architecture, this book is for you. Written by the now-disgraced Marion True (see "Chasing Aphrodite" in "If You Like" below) with Jorge Silvetti, it gives the story of the Getty Villa's recent upgrade. It's brilliant, thorough, accessible, and useful....

Who owns antiquity? : museums and the battle over our ancient heritage

by James B Cuno

Reviewer Rating:
3

I strongly disagree with this book’s premise, but it provides a good overview of cultural heritage law development, and I find the author’s self-contradictions amusing. James Cuno is a divisive figure in the field of cultural heritage repatriation, which means returning some art and archaeological objects back to their countries...

Lives in ruins : archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble

by Marilyn Johnson

Think all archaeologists are like Indiana Jones, traveling the world, making discoveries, and fighting off the bad guys? Well...they are, but not in the ways you might think. Johnson delves into the real lives of real archaeologists in this wide-ranging and insightful book.

Mirage : Napoleon's scientists and the unveiling of Egypt

by Nina Burleigh

Reviewer Rating:
4

Napoleon Bonaparte's loss was the world's gain when a group of trained scientists followed him into Egypt. Through the scientists efforts, and sometimes life-ending dedication, they began cataloging the contributions of a little understood culture resulting in a 26 volume encyclopedia. Great read for those who like stories of discovery.

When Did Humans First Enter the Americas?

Join Fresh City Life My Branch and Feed Your Mind with the question of when humans first came to the Americas on Monday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schlessman Family Branch.

Dr. Steven Holen, Curator of Archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has focused much of his research on this question, one of the most hotly debated topics in North American archaeology. After 130 years of scientists asking this question, we still do not have a definitive answer, although we are making progress in finding older and older human sites. Dr.

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