Romeo Hristov and Santiago Genovés’ research on the Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca head has been discussed in publications in sixteen languages as well in several radio and television programs such as FoxNews, Xunhua News and Discovery Channel, among others; below are included links to some publications in major newspapers and journals. Two main inaccuracies in this publicity should be noted, one in a single detail and the other in the general presentation of the research.
The first one is the misspelling of my name in several publications as “Roman Hristov” instead of “Romeo Hristov” [View HTML]
The second is a touching but inexact outline of Hristov and Genovés' research in an article published by Christine Biederman, an “occasional contributor” to Dallas Observer (a free newspaper distributed in Dallas/Fort Worth area), [View HTML]
I like to laugh (including at myself), so the condescending and rather distorted presentation of my work did not bother me at all; as matter of fact, I found the article’s intellectual limitations and Mrs. Biederman’s obsession with imitating the authoritative style of better known journalists quite entertaining. However, a significant number of errors, misquotations and misrepresentations in the article decidedly may benefit from clarification. In order to keep this note at reasonable length, below are included only two examples:
In p. 6 of the electronic edition Mrs. Biederman wrote: “Other scholars, writing in academic organs with names like American Antiquarian, picked up where Wanchope left off. ‘Doctrinaire diffusionists are a menace to sound archaeological theory,’ wrote one”.
In the first place, American Antiquarian was a journal that ceased to exist in 1880, that is, almost a century before Wauchope’s book was published; secondly, it has not been an “academic organ”; thirdly, the name of the cited author is Wauchope and not “Wanchope”; fourthly, the correct citation is “Doctrinaire diffusionism is…” instead of “Doctrinaire diffusionists are…” as Mrs. Bierderman wrote. Fifthly, the incorrectly cited paragraph was published in a journal named American Antiquity, which indeed is an academic organ. It takes considerable talent, even as an “occasional contributor” to a free local newspaper to make five mistakes in two short sentences, especially when citing publications that have been previously discussed, and copies of which have been provided.
On the personal side, it is worth mentioning at the very least that notwithstanding of an admitted weakness for American western movies, since my early years in elementary school I definitively do not identify with them in the way attributed to me by Mrs. Biederman.
Aftonbladet (Sweden) 03/9/2000
Airone (Italy) 05/06/2000
Archeologia Viva (Italy) 05/06/2000
Berliner Kurier (Germany) 02/20/2000
The Boston Globe (USA) 02/10/2000
Der Bund (Switzerland) 02/26/2000
Calgary Herald (Canada) 02/17/2000
Corriere della Sera (Italy) 02/27/2000
Daily Mail (UK) 02/10/2000
O Estado (Brazil) 02/10/2000
Eindhovens Dagblad (Holland) 02/22/2000
The Guardian (UK) 02//10/2000
L’Hebdo (Switzerland) 05/2000
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) 02/11/2000
Karfunkel (Germany) 12/2004-01/2005
Koktel (Czech Republic) 06/2000
Mysteries (Switzerland) 03-04/2007
The News (Mexico) 03/06/2000
New Scientist (UK) 02/12/2000
The Ottava Citizen (Canada) 02/10/2000
Sciences et Avenir (France), 05/2000
Spectrum der Wissenschft/Scientific American (Germany) 04/04/2000
Der Standard (Austria) 02/26/2000
Sunday Times (UK) 02/13/2000
Vancouver Sun (Canada) 02/10/2000