IN 1986, DOUGLAS PRESTON drove from New York City to Santa Fe. There, he settled into a writing career that included contributions to New Mexico Magazine. His 1995 New Yorker article, “The Mystery of Sandia Cave,” cast doubt on artifacts found near Albuquerque by famed archaeologist Frank Hibben. Preston’s 1999 investigation into Clovis points acquired by the late collector Forrest Fenn revealed them to be fakes. These and other deep archaeological dives are collected in Preston’s new The Lost Tomb: And Other Real-Life Stories of Bones, Burials, and Murder (Grand Central), a must-read for fans of adventure, true crime, and New Mexico–set stories.

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