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John Hessler

When not climbing in the Alps, or searching for rare plants in a distant desert, I am the curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology of the Early Americas at the Library of Congress, and a lecturer in bioarchaeology and historical linguistics in the Odyssey Program and at the Osher Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where in Spring 2022, I will be teaching Archaeology & the Science of Pandemics and the Archaeology of Writing in the Ancient Americas. I am the author of more than one hundred articles and books, including the New York Times bestseller, MAP: Exploring the World. My writing and research has also been featured in many media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, the BBC, CBS News and NPR’s All Things Considered. My most recent book, Collecting for a New World, examines the history of the archaeological collections at the Library of Congress, where I also write the Excavating Archaeology Series for the blog, Worlds Revealed. My forthcoming book, Exposing the Maya: Early Archaeological Photography in the Americas will be out in summer 2022.

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