WHEN STONES SPEAK: Palenque and Its Great King Are Finally History
Archaeologists and epigraphers working together have revealed more details about the ancient Maya, the only fully literate culture of pre-Columbian America. The pictures that emerge at Palenque in southern Mexico point to Pacal the Great, one of the first celebrated rulers in the Americas.
BY ROB CRISELL
BLACKBEARD RISES AGAIN
Ahoy, mateys! Researchers in North Carolina believe they may have found the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbears the pirate's flagship that sank in 1718. Next month divers go in for another look, hoping to find a time capsule left behind by one of history's most notorious figures.
BY BOB GRAHAM
THE LOST FRONTIER
Before the California gold rush and the '49ers of the gridiron, San Francisco was a frontier home for 200 Hispanic soldiers and their families. Ongoing archaeology at the Presidio of San Francisco is generating new ideas about life in the Spanish New World.
BY BRENDAN DOHERTY