Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble – Marilyn Johnson

Lives in RuinsArchaeologists, real archaeologists are not at all like Indiana Jones. From Machu Picchu to Rhode Island, the Mediterranean to Fishkill, New York, Marilyn Johnson worked and lived with real archaeologists.  Her intent was to understand their character, to understand why they want to spend their life scratching the surface of the planet for little money and usually little fame, to understand their dirty little secrets.  And they are very dirty, and sweaty and backbreaking.  The book took me all over the planet to various sorts of digs and exposed the painstaking care taken to uncover the past.  It’s a very readable and lively book, full of interesting people, told with wit and skill.  I loved every page and highly recommend it for readers of all ages.

eGalley review     Publication date 11.11.14

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