Dr. Herman Smith, a resident of Ambergris Caye and citizen of Belize has published a seventy-two page book of short stories about the ancient Maya. The book, entitled "Archeology Without Tears" is a compilation of short stories that Dr. Smith wrote for the San Pedro Sun. The column started out as a few articles to help this newspaper promote the newly opened Ambergris Museum. The column both informed and entertained our local and international readers and soon blossomed into a weekly series. The Ambergris Museum is a pet project of Dr. Smith's. He thought by compiling these articles into a book, it might be a way of generating income for the museum. Part of the proceeds of books purchased through the Ambergris Museum will be used to help fund the day to day operation of the museum. Archeology Without Tears covers a range of subjects such as; origins of the Maya, human sacrifice, dental mutilation and Dr. Smith's discovery of an "ancient" Capri ashtray. The book reads very easily and combines history with humor, fact with fallacy and each word is a pearl.
Dr Smith, a former U.S. Marine Colonel, graduated from Texas A & M with a B.A. in Sociology and History. He went on to attain his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Smith has also been Project Director for the Search for the Lost British Fleet of 1787 at St. George's Caye, Museum Archeologist for the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Archeological Consultant for San Pedro and most recently the Director for the Lamanai South Archeological Project.
To order a copy of this book or for more information contact the Ambergris Museum at 026-2605 or write to the museum at Barrier Reef Drive, Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America.
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