Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Book on Aspects of Archaeology by a Non-Archaeologist

A book review at the Los Angeles Times.  Sounds absolutely fascinating -- and please note the date - it's from 3 days in the future, darlings!

Book review: 'Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession' by Craig Childs
The author explores the 'underbelly of archaeology' and asks the right questions.
By Susan Salter Reynolds
Special to the Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2010

Once upon a time, hiking in the desert, you found an artifact; an arrowhead, a piece of a pot, a fragment of bone. You picked it up, put it in your pocket. Maybe you felt a little twinge of guilt when you moved it, maybe all you felt was the desire to keep that object, to place yourself in the story of which that object was itself only a small part. Whose story? The woman who made the pot? The child whose bone it once was? The man who made the arrowhead? Does it belong to the cultural context — the Pueblo Indians, the Anasazi, the Navajo? Or does it belong to the ecological, geological context?

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