Coming November 11, 2014, from HarperCollins
“The great pleasure with which I read this book took me back to when I was eight years old and wanted to be an archaeologist. Marilyn Johnson does a wonderful job uncovering the delight
in this tough, important, and exhilarating profession.”
— Ian Frazier
, author of Great Plains, Travels in Siberia,
and Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing
"World travel, drinking, lust in the dust
—our lives are all in ruins, indeed, and Johnson reveals why we wouldn't want it any other way."
-- Sarah Parcak, National Geographic Society Fellow
and author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology
“Many archeologists credit Indiana Jones with sparking their passion. In this lively love letter
[to their profession] Johnson may well inspire a new generation to take up the calling.”
--Publishers Weekly starred review
"The author, who makes a habit of looking into atypical subjects and then writing about them with brio and dash
, takes on the discipline of archaeology, which is on a bit of a hot streak. Much like Mary Roach, another sharp writer who often tackles a single topic, Johnson casts her net widely [but] she's also mesmerized by the smaller-scale elements: gorgeous blue beads from the wreck of an old galleon, and the pure, magical allure of the lost: 'significant sites that are so humble in appearance, or buried, or otherwise hidden.' An engrossing
examination of how archaeologists re-create much of human history, piece by painstaking piece."
--Kirkus starred review
"Johnson’s wonderful and engaging work peels back the superficial glamour surrounding archaeology and archaeologists, offering an account that is a step above the typical book on the subject. Johnson’s contribution to this genre is unmatched.
Without glitz, the author has created a very enjoyable work that will be appreciated by experts in the field and casual readers alike."
--Library Journal starred review
What does it take to dedicate yourself to the hidden past, and why does it matter? I’ve been following archaeology professionals around the world for a new book titled Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
, and here are a few things I've noticed:
*Archaeologists have a high tolerance for grossness. They're used to working in graves and garbage pits.
*Beer is the international beverage of archaeology.
*Archaeologists love Indiana Jones. They talk about him as if he's their daredevil older brother.
*The world is mutating faster than archaeologists can keep up.
To read more about Lives in Ruins
, follow the link in the top left column.
View the book trailer
by Mary Murphy.