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
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.