Lives in ruins : archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble
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New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
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First edition.
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x, 274 pages ; 24 cm.
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Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Non-Fiction
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Finding Life in Ruins

Jump into a battered Indiana Jones-style 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 subcultures - The Dead Beat (about obituary writers) and This Book Is Overdue! (about librarians) - brings 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 buried-and why should we?

Johnson 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.

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Examines "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"--Amazon.com.
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Johnson, M. (2014). Lives in ruins: archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble. First edition. New York, NY: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Marilyn, 1954-. 2014. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. New York, NY: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

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Johnson, Marilyn, 1954-, Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. New York, NY: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.

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Johnson, Marilyn. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. First edition. New York, NY: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014. Print.

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