By Gerard Helferich

A booklet completely timed for the re-setting of the Maya calendar in 2012.... half heritage, renowned technological know-how, armchair commute, and real-life treasure hunt, this is often the tale of pre-Columbian jade—the worthy stone respected through old Aztecs, Incans, and Maya—and the scientists, creditors, explorers and marketers who've been looking for the legendary jade mines for greater than a century. 

“A compelling tale.... This well-focused and well-told account brings America’s so much mythologized gemstone into sharp relief.”
           —Wall road Journal

 “[T]he tale of the quest for the long-vanished mines of the Mayas . . . [with] attractive digressions into plate tectonics, the know-how of jade carving and the brutal background of the regimes of a succession of Guatemalan generals. . . . [Prospectors] Ridinger and Johnson persevered earthquakes, coups, kidnapping, even civil conflict. yet finally they stumbled upon large blocks of the pleasing, elusive stone.”
          —New York occasions publication Review

 Selected as an Indie subsequent record “Great Read”

 “The look for the assets of this mysterious rock reads like detective fiction, and comprises geologists, archaeologists, marketers, poachers, and a bunch of different characters, yet it’s all real. an excellent read!” —Michael D. Coe, writer of Breaking the Maya Code

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They seem to have been a short-lived fashion of a transient ethnic group. One problem with assuming that these casseroles were used in exactly the same way as in north Africa is that fragments of the braziers have rarely been identified in Britain. It is possible that the braziers, being less well fired than the casseroles, have not survived in a recognisable form;5 but it is worth considering whether or not it was the size of the vessel that was important. The casseroles come in a range of sizes, but are generally large.

Et al. 1993: 92. Crummy, N. et al. 1993: Figs. 43. 31 Crummy, N. et al. 1993: 93. Garnsey 1999: 107. 33 Pinter-Bellows in Crummy, N. et al. 1993: 88. Roberts and Manchester 1995: 173. 3. The incidence of DISH in sexed individuals over the age of 45 at Poundbury. Male Female Total With DISH Without DISH 11 84 0 129 11 213 Total 95 129 224 inadequate access to fresh fruit and vegetables. 35 Again some communities appear to have avoided it. 36 Overindulgence in a rich diet can also be detected, generally in the elderly.

An ideal world would be one where the rubbish generated by a household would be neatly deposited in rubbish pits close to the house. Though this does occasionally happen, there was obviously often a more organised rubbish-disposal system also in place, so that the rubbish from a variety of different sources was mixed together. To complicate this matter still further, it is appropriate to consider here the phenomenon of structured deposition. Up to the 1980s it is fair to say that rubbish was simply rubbish to most Roman archaeologists.

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