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There is [was] a British archaeologist who was in fact a spy. I can't remember the name - maybe Search will help - yep, there it is:

The Archaeologist Was a Spy: Sylvanus G. Morley and the Office of Naval Intelligence (Hardcover)

Sylvanus G Morley (1883-1948) is widely known as an influential Mayan archaeologist. This intriguing book shows that he was arguably the greatest American spy of World War I. Morley came to the attention of the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1916, when reports that German agents were establishing a Central American base for submarine warfare first surfaced.....

Another article I read was about "the real Indiana Jones" - another Search - (I just love the Web) - turns out there are a few. If I ignore the impostors and the self-appointed, we get

RENO (AP) — Douglas Eugene "Gene" Savoy, an explorer who discovered more than 40 lost cities in Peru and led long-distance sailing adventures to learn more about ancient cultures, has died. He was 80.

"John Goddard, one of the world's most famous explorers and adventurers, led the first expedition in history down the entire 4,200 mile-long Nile, the world's longest river. The Los Angeles Times called it "the most remarkable adventure of this generation."

Neither of them, however, fought Nazi or Russian villians, or discovered Biblical relics. My vote still goes to Morley.

I hate to bash you, but your arithmetic is a little, umm, unusual:

> While visiting Mexico City in 1884, the Smithsonian
> archaeologist W.H. Holmes warned about the burgeoning
> number of "relic shops" on every street corned filled
> with fakes, prompting him to write an article for
> Science on "The Trade in Spurious Mexican
> Antiquities." One wonders, then, how the Institute
> was taken in a mere two years later, when, in 1996,

Let's see, 1996-1884 = 112 by my calculations, not 2.


It's a typo. Should read 1886.

One of the tricks with quartz piezoelectricity is that natural quartz crystals usually show little to none of this effect. This is because in natural crystals, the direction is oscilliatory as a result of Brazil (optical) twinning. That is why synthetic quartz is used for electronics- engineers can grow untwinned quartz (dunno how, but I'd love to know), so they know it will work.

Back when people were still trying to use natural quartz, in WWII, a lot of research went into finding sources of untwinned quartz. A review paper from the late 40's on the subject is freely available here:
From the writing standpoint, the article is transitional between the old school narrative style and modern methods-results-interpretation. Worth a read for anyone interested.

Where does Damian Hirst's 'Love of God' fit in with this?

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