• Lives In Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble

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    • Category : ARCHAEOLOGY
    • ISBN Code: 9780062127198
    • Format : Paperback
    • By (Author): Johnson, Marilyn
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published Date: 17 Dec 2015

     

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The author of The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all. Marilyn Johnson’s Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and even Machu Picchu and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies. What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.
 



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