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Digging the Dirt The Archaeological Imagination by Jennifer Wallace
  

Digging the Dirt The Archaeological Imagination

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Digging the Dirt The Archaeological Imagination by Jennifer Wallace

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

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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


About the Author

Jennifer Wallace is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Peterhouse. She is the author of Shelley and Greece: Rethinking Romantic Hellenism (1997) and Lives of the Great Romantics: Keats (1997), and joint editor of Consuming Passions: Food in the Age of Anxiety (1998).

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Book Info

Publication date

25th June 2004

Author

Jennifer Wallace

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Publisher

Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Archaeology

ISBN

9780715632789

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