It takes a certain kind of person to become an archaeologist. They must be scientists, of course, experts in history, excavation, and data-crunching. But more than that, they must be hardy, fearless, inventive, unflappable, with a streak of masochism and a stomach of steel. In this unique anthology, over thirty leading Maya archaeologists and anthropologists describe what it’s really like to live and work in the field. From sublime moments of discovery to the highs and lows of camp life, these real-life Indiana Joneses take you into rainforests, mangrove swamps, cave systems, and ancient tombs to hear the stories that never make it into academic journals.
By turns exciting, thought-provoking, hilarious, and downright terrifying, it’s not a journey for the faint of heart!
Tales from the Field
Edited by Mat Saunders and Pamela Voelkel