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9780062127181 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 Jonesâ€”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. Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenonâ€”the names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found (British king under parking lot) and treasures lost (looters, bulldozers, natural disaster, and war). Archaeological research tantalizes us with possibilities (are modern humans really part Neandertal?). Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter? Marilyn Johnsonâ€™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.
The Sheridan Book Company Book : The Sheridan Book Company, UK, 1994. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good with a patch of the cover colour removed from a sticker being...
Belinda Music (Australia) Pty Ltd As recorded on Leedon Records by Lonnie Lee. 3 pages. Foxing to covers. ISBN 10:
William Collins & Sons Book : Published by William Collins Sons of London, England, 477 pages. Dustjacket has not been price clipped, 1981. Hardcover with dustjacket. Book Condition: Very Good...
Allen & Unwin 285 pages, book 1 in the Darwath Trilogy. Few small marks to pages, light tanning, few light marks to cover but otherwise a very good and very...