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Digging the Dirt : The Archaeological Imagination - Jennifer Wallace

Digging the Dirt

The Archaeological Imagination

Paperback Published: 25th June 2004
ISBN: 9780715632789
Number Of Pages: 192

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When Jennifer Wallace travelled round Greece as a student, hiking through olive groves to hunt out the stones of old temples and lost cities, she became fascinated by archaeology. It was magical. It was absurd. Give an archaeologist a few rocks and, like a master storyteller, he could bring another world to life. Give him a vague hunch about the past, and he was prepared to spend hours raking through the soil in search of proof. From the plain of Troy to the Titanic, and from Britain's Stonehenge to Ground Zero in New York, Digging the Dirt explores the excavation sites that have exerted the strongest pull on the public imagination. Some sites, in which bones are indistinguishable from dust, have driven archaeologists to despair. Other sites haunt poets with memories of loss and romance. All reveal the relevance of archaeology to our deepest cultural anxieties. Passionate and intelligent, Digging the Dirt engages with the work of philosophers and writers who have been stirred by the life below the ground, while never losing sight of the pressing demands of archaeologists today. In a world of postmodern spin, Wallace calls for a renewed sense of the poetics of depth and shows how ex

"Digging the Dirt is an original foray into some of the reasons why archaeology fascinates us. . . . A fascinating progression through hearty parsonical barrow-diggers, body-snatchers, philosophers, savants, and poets - from Shelley and Wordsworth to Seamus Heaney. . . . The book is a fresh and engaging tussle with archaeology and the imagination." -- The Sunday Telegraph

List of Platesp. 9
The Poetics of Depthp. 11
Romancing Stones: The Archaeological Landscapep. 27
Unearthing Bodies: The Disruption of Historyp. 53
Fulfilling Desires: Erotic Excavationp. 79
Fundamentalism: Digging our Trojan Originsp. 101
Rock Bottom: Digging and Despairp. 129
Holy Ground: Archaeology and the Sacredp. 153
Postmodern Archaeology: Trashing Our Futurep. 179
Notes on Readingp. 205
Acknowledgementsp. 213
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780715632789
ISBN-10: 0715632787
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 25th June 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1