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Don Patterson's Journey to Xibalba: A Life in Archaeology PDF

By Don Patterson

ISBN-10: 0826342922

ISBN-13: 9780826342928

whilst Don Patterson's twenty-seven-year-old daughter grew to become to him for suggestion approximately her expert destiny, Patterson in flip mirrored on his virtually thirty-year adventure engaged on significant archaeological websites in Mexico and critical the USA. His autobiographical account examines his expert trip, the folks and associations that made it attainable, and the choices, either strong and undesirable, that he made alongside the way.

Patterson attracts from historic Mayan mythology, weaving the story of Hunahpu and Xbalanque, the Hero Twins, and their voyage to Xibabla, the underworld, into his personal tale in an effort to offer an analogy of the adventure via existence and the day-by-day demanding situations and pitfalls one needs to conquer. all the book's 8 chapters are named after the homes of checking out in Xibalba and mirror the folk, environments, financing, and politics of different archaeological tasks Patterson labored on all through his occupation. The ensuing tale is an element Indiana Jones and half research of the issues dealing with glossy Mesoamerica among globalization and nationwide patrimony.

Don Patterson has labored with the nationwide Institute of Anthropology and heritage (INAH) in Mexico for the previous twenty-five years. He at the moment lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and is operating with the mayor of San Miguel because the Municipal Director of setting and Ecology.


"Certainly any scholar hoping to study/work in Mesoamerica should still learn [Journey to Xibalba], as should still younger college researchers heading south." -- magazine of Anthropological Research

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