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Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs.. Skullduggery amongst the potsherds. The author explores the inner beauty and abiding moral conflicts of a science that can turn a bottle or a jar into a time machine. Childs’ book reads like a thriller at times.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"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."."

Publishers Weekly

"Alternating romantic and practical moods, Childs hunts virtue as much as baskets in this engaging discourse.."


Author bio: Craig is a writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and remarkable journeys into the wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside, Orion, and High Country News. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia. With a mother hooked on outdoor adventure, and a father who liked whiskey, guns, and Thoreau, his life was rigged from the start. In his teens, Childs began working as a river guide, and since then has held numerous jobs to support his field time, from gas station attendant to journalist to beer bottler. Now making a living as a writer, Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfiction Thriller; 288 pp. Highly readable: Kindle/Print editions

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