By Adrian Praetzellis
A eu Neolithic burial. a wide stone Venus. not anything strange other than that it used to be stumbled on on an island within the Pacific Northwest. Archaeologist Hannah eco-friendly and her shovelbum nephew locate themselves in a tangled net of competing pursuits - avaricious land proprietors, hungry media, and a cult of goddess worshippers - whereas investigating one of many unearths of the century. In untangling the secret of the Washington Venus, Hannah and Sean need to confront questions of archaeological facts, conflicting interpretation of information, and the very nature of archaeological truths. This completely up to date model of an archaeological vintage helps you to examine the fundamentals of archaeological thought whereas confusing out a mysterious flip of occasions
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And Sean was so distracted by his encounter with the Vision that he would cheerfully have followed his leader off a cliff, had she led them to one. And so it was that the pair arrived at the imposing wrought iron gate and graveled driveway of the New Magick Retreat Centre—or the Summerfield School, as the chipped and blistered sign had announced for the last sixty years. It is probably unnecessary to say much about Eugenia Rubicon-Bott, the late founder of Summerfield. The erudite reader will surely be familiar with that great woman’s contributions to the education of girls.
I was a transfer student. But I’ve seen you around campus. ’’ ‘‘Or something. ’’ ‘‘Yeah. I kinda moved over to archaeology from cultural anthro to, like, get more hands-on experience. But it’s harder than I thought. ’’ She looked down and started rearranging her balled-up laundry in a halfhearted sort of way. ‘‘Basically, there’s only the senior thesis between me and graduation. I’ve just gotta finish it this summer. There’s, like, this job, y’know? ’’ said Sean in disbelief. ’’ Sandra pulled her head out of the laundry and smiled shyly.
Er . . ’’ said Sean tentatively. ‘‘Right! So the New Archeologists had this important new goal, and they looked to the hard sciences for the techniques to make it happen. You remember that radiocarbon dating had revolutionized the field in the 1950s. So archaeologists wanted to know what else these guys had up the sleeves of their white lab coats. And you also have to think about the culture of the era. Post–World War II America was in awe of science. We’d put men in orbit, invented plastic, eradicated polio, and put a TV into everyone’s living room.