Message #431:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: The Southwest's Most Popular and Lucrative Science
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 96 16:02:00 MST
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When the Land Was Young
by Sharman Apt Russell (Addison-Wesley, cloth, $23)

If you took issue with Vine Deloria's Red Earth, White Lies--and lots of
you did--then this new look at the politics of science may be easier to
take. But only because its author is a better, more judicious writer. In
a series of vignettes, Silver City author Sharman Russell takes to task
one of the Southwest's most popular and lucrative
sciences--archaeology--probing some of the assumptions that lay beneath
it and the business decisions that back it. Her flowery, first-person
accounts of new digs and old dwellings breathe life into her subject,
and yet she still can whirl around brandishing strong, sharp opinions.
Books like this are a rare find for lay readers, as we find ourselves
paying more and more attention to what science assumes and less to what
it claims. (BdeP)