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"Childs (The Animal Dialogues) intermingles personal experiences as a desert ecologist and adventurer with a journalistic look at scientists, collectors, museum officials, and pot hunters to explore what should happen to ancient artifacts. Questioning whether artifacts should be left in place, Childs argues that although surface surveys and electronic imaging permit study of buried objects without digging, that reliance on technology risks the loss of the 'physical connection to the memory of ancient people.' Yet he mourns the loss of context that comes from removing, say, the Temple of Dendur from its natural environment. On the other hand, he scrutinizes the 'stewardship' of past archeologists who removed sacred objects when 'o one thought indigenous cultures would survive to start demanding their things back,' returns now required by U.S. law. Childs is critical of museum facilities inadequate to protect items that archeologists removed from their sites precisely to preserve them from destruction. He is also unhappy with the legal sale of relics to collectors, which he believes led to 'more digging and smuggling.' His own 'collection' consists of finds he has left in place across the Southwest. But, he says, artifacts that cannot safely be left in place should go to museums. This is an engaging and thought-provoking look at one of the art and artifacts' world's most heated debates. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Beyond what most people think about archaeology--with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries--lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Now, in TRESPASS, Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong? Written in his trademark lyrical style, this riveting book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology. It is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection. In other words, this is a ghost story.

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Beyond what most people think about archaeology lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong?

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Childs is a naturalist, adventurer, and desert ecologist. Written in his trademark lyrical style, "Finders Keepers" carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology.

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Craig Childs — naturalist, adventurer, and desert ecologist--lives in Crawford, CO. His previous books include The Animal Dialogues, House of Rain, The Way Out, The Secret Knowledge of Water, and Soul of Nowhere.

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ahineg, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by ahineg)
The next time I come across an arrowhead or pot sherd it will be Craig Child's voice in my head asking me who really owns artifacts. A good read for anyone who has an intrest in archaeology, a great read for anyone who has stumbled across the remains of a prior civilization.
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Marjorie Woodruff, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Marjorie Woodruff)
A fascinating read, but depressing as well. Having found "treasures" in the backcountry which vanish when someone feels they deserve them more than the rest of us, I understand the frustration Childs writes about when some of his treasures go missing. This book kept me running to the computer to look reference items mentioned which had been violated or, sometimes, preserved. Too bad all wilderness explorers don't have Childs' maturity towards things which the ancients left behind.
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ISBN:
9780316066426
Author:
Childs, Craig
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
9.48x6.26x1.01 in. 1.07 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Childs (The Animal Dialogues) intermingles personal experiences as a desert ecologist and adventurer with a journalistic look at scientists, collectors, museum officials, and pot hunters to explore what should happen to ancient artifacts. Questioning whether artifacts should be left in place, Childs argues that although surface surveys and electronic imaging permit study of buried objects without digging, that reliance on technology risks the loss of the 'physical connection to the memory of ancient people.' Yet he mourns the loss of context that comes from removing, say, the Temple of Dendur from its natural environment. On the other hand, he scrutinizes the 'stewardship' of past archeologists who removed sacred objects when 'o one thought indigenous cultures would survive to start demanding their things back,' returns now required by U.S. law. Childs is critical of museum facilities inadequate to protect items that archeologists removed from their sites precisely to preserve them from destruction. He is also unhappy with the legal sale of relics to collectors, which he believes led to 'more digging and smuggling.' His own 'collection' consists of finds he has left in place across the Southwest. But, he says, artifacts that cannot safely be left in place should go to museums. This is an engaging and thought-provoking look at one of the art and artifacts' world's most heated debates. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Beyond what most people think about archaeology--with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries--lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Now, in TRESPASS, Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong? Written in his trademark lyrical style, this riveting book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology. It is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection. In other words, this is a ghost story.
"Synopsis" by , Beyond what most people think about archaeology lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong?
"Synopsis" by , Childs is a naturalist, adventurer, and desert ecologist. Written in his trademark lyrical style, "Finders Keepers" carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology.
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