READING THE MINDS OF ROCK ARTISTS
Archaeologists such as David Whitley are combining historical and ethnographic records with neurospsychology to interpret one of the most elusive parts of the archaeological record - the painted and engraved rock art on cave walls and cliff faces. Along the way they have received a glimpse inside inside the minds of prehistoric artisits.
BY DAVID S. WHITLEY
AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD
For the past eight years, UCLA's Richard Leventhal has been excavating the Maya site of Xuanantunich in central Belize. His work shows that the center took its place as a powerful city-state just as the Maya world was collapsing. Leventhal thinks he knows why.
BY ROB CRISELL
BURYING THE PAST
Since 1900, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) has forced archaeologists and museums to rebury Indian artifacts and remains on native land. Is the future of American archaeology getting buried as well.
BY MICHAEL HAEDERLE