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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-26-10 02:26 PM
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Hunt for the Codex Cardona
A retired UC Davis history professor turns detective, attempts to solve mystery of a missing Mexican treasure.

By Kel Munger

Meet the real-life version of Robert Langdon, the professorial mystery-solving hero of Dan Browns blockbuster novels such as The Da Vinci Code.

Hes a retired professor of Latin American history at UC Davis, a white-haired, scholarly gent who grows a couple of varieties of grapes in his personal vineyard in rural Yolo County. No one has ever threatened his life or attempted to murder him, and hes never been pursued through the narrow streets of an ancient city by thuggish fanatics bent on stopping his pursuit of knowledge. But hes been on the case of the Codex Cardona, a manuscript that contains information about Mexico in the period before and immediately after the European invasion, for the last 25 years.

Its a treasure, Arnold Bauer said of the Codex Cardona. And its a mystery.

Bauer has written a book, recently published by Duke University Press, about his attempt to solve that mystery. The Search for the Codex Cardona: On the Trail of a Sixteenth-Century Mexican Treasure, revolves around his efforts to learn where the codex came from and who currently has it.

This is a substantial article, and well worth the read.
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