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Like Martin Bernal’s Black Athena, Roger Kennedy’s Hidden Cities: The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization is as much an account of scholarship (good and bad) as it is a study of clouded prehistory. The author, the director of the National Park Service, invokes Jung and St. Patrick as he praises such early-American champions of the true early Americans as Albert Gallatin and Thomas Jefferson, and grabs any self-respecting antiquarian’s attention with the carbon-dated assertion that “the people of the Mississippi Valley were already creating monumental architecture…before Gilgamesh or Cheops came to their thrones.” Kennedy discusses his book at noon at the National Archives, Room 105, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5000. (MJ)