Dave Quarterson presents:
Reflections on The Road to Ruins
by Ian Graham
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to spend an evening with Ian Graham? A comfortable chair, a fire in the hearth and a 25-year-old bottle of Chivas Regal with two glasses. You could sit back and listen to a master tell of his 87-year-long journey from a self-professed lackluster student to a MacArthur Fellow – and one of the preeminent Maya archaeologists of our time. I just had that same experience reading Ian Graham’s marvelous autobiography, The Road to Ruins.
by Lee Jones
(The following is an article in the April 2013 IMS Explorer)
Maya enthusiasts have had to attach themselves to scholars or experienced guides, or else they roam the Maya area lost and unable to appreciate the full passion of that magical ancient kingdom. Fortunately, this ruinhunter spent nine years of mini-field seasons with Ian Graham, then Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Project of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University in Cambridge. Usually in mid-December, he would call me from his office in the museum in Cambridge, just before going to England for Christmas times, and request my presence at a certain place and at a certain time, usually in the following February, to which I always “gulped”, and then agreeably agreed.