Finding Life in RuinsJump into a battered Indiana JonesGÇôstyle Jeep with the intrepid Marilyn Johnson and head down bone-rattling roads in search of those who dig up the past. Johnson, the author of two acclaimed books about quirky subculturesGÇôThe Dead Beat (about obituary writers) and This Book Is Overdue! (about librarians)GÇôbrings her irrepressible wit and curiosity to bear on yet another strange world, that of archaeologists. Who chooses to work in ruins What's the allure of sifting through layers of dirt under a hot sun Why do archaeologists care so passionately about what's dead and buriedGÇôand why should weJohnson tracks archaeologists around the globe from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, from Newport, Rhode Island to Machu Picchu. She digs alongside experts on an eighteenth-century sugar plantation and in a first-century temple to Apollo. She hunts for bodies with forensics archaeologists in the vast and creepy Pine Barrens of New Jersey, drinks beer with an archaeologist of ancient beverages, and makes stone tools like a caveman. By turns amusing and profound, Lives in Ruins and its wild cast of characters find new ways to consider what is worth salvaging from our past.Archaeologists are driven by the love of history and the race to secure its evidence ahead of floods and bombs, looters and thieves, and before the bulldozers move in. Why spend your life in ruins To uncover our hidden stories before they disappear.
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
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