Lives in Ruins: Archeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll be honest: Marilyn Johnson's last book didn't wow me. This book made up for it, but I can also see flaws here. The too-breezy tone, for example, or her only covering the "exciting" archaeologists doing work in places like Macchu Piccu or the 9/11 recovery (as opposed to "dull" academics working on digs sponsored by universities). And all the stuff about The Clan of the Cave Bear? Fluffy filler.
Having said that, the stories she tells are interesting. The hardships that archaeologists face, from conditions at the site to finding funding to training/retaining workers, are stressed, but so is the excitement of the work. The importance is also highlighted: the understanding we get of our past is critical and without the work and exploration we're poorer as a society.
ARC provided by publisher.