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Ancient Andean fruit review 1: the tastiest heritage

I love Bolivia. This country is the most intricate, fascinating, and surprising place. I am delighted to be back in…

“Plunder to Preservation” from the Oxford University Press (with chapter by me!)

From Plunder to Preservation Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c.1800-1940, Edited by Astrid Swenson and Peter Mandler, ”takes a novel…

Walmart and the destruction of Mexican Heritage

I have just written a guest post for Union Solidarity International about the construction of a Walmart at the World Heritage Site of…

Lord of the Rings remains and A Very Hobbit Christmas in Middle Earth

I am often in New Zealand…at least more often than I am in various other places. While here I tend…

Baktuns, The End of the World, Conceptions of the Future, and Being a still-confused 30-year-old

At the moment I am so deep into vacation that I can’t bear to look at anything but non-challenging novels…

Cultural Continuity

Now for a dose of heritage and modernity: The first is on sale on ebay and I long to buy…

Update: Location, Research and Ideas

Although I don’t particularly like this blog to swing into the personal, I have been told by a person wiser…

The Lady Eve: 1940s Amazoniana

It should come as no surprise that I thrive on historic western impressions of the Amazon. I don’t think I…

Screaming Mummies and Stolen Paintings

Lately I have been on a art-crime reading kick. Nothing fancy, just popular non-fiction about art theft in my lighter…

The Cerebroteca: Brains in jars for learning? For fun?

I’ve been to Lima four times, but only twice did I leave the airport and only once was I there…

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