BOOKS, DISSERTATION, PAPERS, AND REPORTS–
PDF of this book includes Cover to page 21 with Table of Contents, Illustrations List, Foreword by Jaime Litvak King, Preface by Phyllis M. Messenger, Dedication, Introduction and Acknowledgements by Lawrence G. Desmond.
Reviews of A Dream of Maya—
- Brian Fagan review of A Dream of Maya, New York Times, Section 7, P. 30, October 28, 1988
- Mary Louise Wilkinson review of A Dream of Maya, The Times of the Americas, P 11, December 14, 1988
- George Stuart review of Dream of Maya, Science, V. 244, pp 864-865,1989
- Catherine Borroughs review of A Dream of Maya, Latin American Anthropology Review, V. 1, No. 1, pp 15-16, 1989
- Anthony Andrews review of A Dream of Maya, American Antiquity, V. 55, No. 3, pp 645-646, 1990
1989- Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon: Early photographic documentation of Uxmal. In, Mesoamerica: The Journal of Middle America, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 27-31, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, 1989.
1996- Rediscovery: Scholars, early travelers, and excavations in Mesoamerica before the 20th century. In, Jane Turner, ed., The Dictionary of Art, Vol. 21, Part X, pp. 262-264, 1996.
1999- Augustus Le Plongeon: A fall from archeological grace. In, Alice B. Kehoe and Mary Beth Emmerichs, eds., Assembling the Past: Studies in the Professionalization of Archaeology, University of New Mexico University Press, pp. 81-90, 1999.
2001- Augustus Le Plongeon: Early Mayanist, archeologist, photographer. In, David Carrasco, ed., Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, 3 Vols., New York, Oxford University Press, Vol. 2, pp. 117-118, 2001. Author: Lawrence G. Desmond.
2001- Prológo. Aquí y Allá en Yucatán. Alice Dixon Le Plongeon. 1886. Here and There in Yucatan. New York: J. W. Bouton. Spanish edition: Aquí y Allá en Yucatán, 2001. Traducción por Stella Mastrangelo Puech. Prólogo por Lawrence G. Desmond y Jaime Litvak King. México: Mirada Viajera.
2007- A historical overview of recording architecture at the ancient Maya city of Uxmal, 1834 to 2007. In, Philippe Della Casa and Elena Mango, eds., Panorama: Imaging ruins of the Greek and Maya worlds. Zurich: Archaeological Institute, University of Zurich, pp. 6-13. 2007. ISBN 978-3-905099-28-7.
2008- Excavation of the Platform of Venus, Chichen itza, Yucatan, Mexico: The pioneering field work of Alice Dixon Le Plongeon and Augustus Le Plongeon. In, Paul Schmidt Schoenberg, Edith Ortiz Díaz, Joel Santos Ramírez, eds., Tributo a Jaime Litvak King. México: UNAM. Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas. Pp. 155-166. 2008. ISBN978-970-32-4809-4. A paper in honor of Mexican archaeologist Jaime Litvak King.
James R. McGoodwin, emeritus professor of anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder offered his perspective on Yucatan through her eyes—
“[Yucatán through her eyes] is special and rare precisely because it is about a woman carving out her place in a realm heretofore thought to be inhabited only by rugged men wearing pith helmets and tall leather boots, sitting at their writing tables amid the ruins and smoking their pipes. Move over Stephens, Catherwood, Maudslay, Thompson, Morley, and all the other Old School Mayanists, and make room for Alice Dixon!.” (J. R. McGoodwin August 24, 2011)
- To read the reviews of Yucatan through her eyes just click on any of the links at the bottom of this page–
Notes on Yucatan through her eyes-
Alice Dixon (1851-1910) was born into a comfortable middle class life in London that she eagerly left behind to travel to Yucatán as the young bride of Maya archaeologist Augustus Le Plongeon. Working side by side as photographers and archaeologists, the Le Plongeons were the first to excavate and systematically photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. After spending eleven years in the field, she devoted the rest of her life to lecturing and published books and articles on a wide range of topics, including her exploration of Maya civilization, political activism and social justice, and epic poetry.
Alice’s papers became public in 1999 and included photographs, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and a handwritten diary; over two thousand of her prints and negatives survive today in public and private collections. Combined with Lawrence Desmond’s biography of this remarkable woman’s life, her diary offers readers a rare glimpse of life in the Yucatán peninsula during the final quarter of the nineteenth century, and an insider’s view of fieldwork just prior to the emergence of Mesoamerican archaeology as a professional discipline.
Lawrence Gustave Desmond is senior research fellow in archaeology with the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project at Harvard University, and a research associate with the department of anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.
Claire L. Lyons is curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Since 1999 she has been a research associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
Size: 7×10 inches
376 pages, 69 halftones, 3 maps
Hardcover ISBN 978-0-8263-4595-0.
2015- A catalog of the 19th century photographs of Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon. San Francisco: Blurb.
This book is a catalog of 1,034 photographs taken by Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon in Yucatán, Mexico, and Belize from 1873 to 1885. The subjects in the photo are: Landscapes, Colonial and Ancient Maya Architecture, Portraits, and Ethnographic photos. The original photos are archived at: The American Museum of Natural History, the Donald Dixon album in London, the Getty Research Institute, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, and the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. In the 1990s, duplicates of the original photos were made with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (Grant RT-20746). The duplicates can be viewed at the Wilson Library of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Lawrence G. Desmond collection of Augustus Le Plongeon and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Photographs. Collection ID number: 5268.
2015- A searchable catalog of the 19th century photographs of Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon.. 2.5Mb PDF
This searchable catalog of 1,034 photographs taken in Yucatán and Belize in the 19th century by Alice Dixon Le Plongeon and Augustus Le Plongeon is from the book A Catalog of the 19th century Photographs of Alice Dixon and Augustus Le Plongeon. The Introduction to the catalog is not included in he PDF in order to reduce file size, but was made available because the PDF from the printer, Blurb, is not searchable. The downloaded Searchable Catalog is free, and with no copyright restrictions until revoked.
The catalog photo entries had been created as a Word document by Desmond but searching for information on each photo is time consuming. Journalist and computer specialist Bart Anderson took the Word file and converted it into a CSV file that is compatible with most spreadsheet and database programs, and then into an Excel file. The Excel file is free for download and while it retains the copyright of Desmond permission is granted for its use for research purposes. Unfortunately WordPress does not support CVS files. Email me, and I can send a copy of the CSV file.
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