The September 2011 (Vol. 1, No. 4) issue of the Society for American Archaeology’s Newsletter of the History of Archaeology Interest Grouphas just been posted on the web. http://bit.ly/HAIGNews
It’s edited by Prof. Bernard K. Means at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is an important source for anyone working on the history of archaeology.
For those with an interest in the photography of Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon or their personal papers please go to Page 3 of this issue of the Newsletter. On that page are annotated links to finding aides for the Le Plongeon photo collections and papers archived at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Another link on Page 3 is provided to access all my published papers on the history of archaeology, the Le Plongeons, and a text version of my out of the print book A Dream of Maya about Augustus Le Plongeon. And downloadable as a PDF is a catalog titled: The Nineteenth Century Photographs of Alice Dixon Le Plongeon and Augustus Le Plongeon. The catalog is 416 pages with data entries on each of the 1,054 Le Plongeon archaeological and ethnographic photos taken in Yucatán and Belize in 1870s and 1880s. You can find a link to the home page of ArchaeoPlanet web site on the side bar under Blog Roll. A link specifically to my papers on the history of archaeology and the Le Plongeons is: ArchaeoPlanet: Lawrence G. Desmond writings on the history of archaeology.
Editor Means, in addition to his archaeological field projects, has focused much of his research on the archaeology carried out under president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s. The Newsletter keeps us up to date on developments on that area of his research.
In this issue he provides links to obituaries on the passing of the pioneer of the New Archaeology movement Louis Binford; French Egyptologist Christiane Desroches Nobelcourt who worked to save Egypt’s sites from the flooding of the Aswan Dam; and archaeologist Edmund S. Carpenter who led a crew of Seneca Indians employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to excavate sites in Pennsylvania.
The Newsletter has the following in-depth articles and notes:
- Histories of Archaeological Illustration.
- GIS for New Deal Archaeology Update.
- Recent or Noteworthy Publications.