Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs
Renowned naturalist Craig Childs explores the paradoxical nature of anthropological excavation amongst the Native American ruins his work is based upon.
To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero--or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs's riveting new book is a ghost story--an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present. The result is a brilliant book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.
Craig Childs--naturalist, adventurer, desert ecologist, and frequent contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition--lives in Crawford, Colorado. 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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Childs takes the reader on a mental journey here as well as to many Southwest locations.
He tries to put in perspective the question of who the past belongs to.
Maybe he who writes the history shouldn't always be the ones who won the battles?
Maybe there is something to be said for leaving things in place to pass on to a generation later?
Their influence dependent on discovering objects exactly where they were left. Seems simple.
Once reading this - you will understand how difficult it really is.
Childs has done better things with the Southwest, but this isn't going to be confined to just one landscape.
Lots of weighty subject matter here.
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