Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007487207

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Agatha Christie’s personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels.

Come, Tell Me How You Live

An Archaeological Memoir

Author: Agatha Christie Mallowan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062093711

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Over the course of her long, prolific career, Agatha Christie gave the world a wealth of ingenious whodunits and page-turning locked-room mysteries featuring Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, and a host of other unforgettable characters. She also gave us Come, Tell Me How You Live, a charming, fascinating, and wonderfully witty nonfiction account of her days on an archaeological dig in Syria with her husband, renowned archeologist Max Mallowan. Something completely different from arguably the best-selling author of all time, Come, Tell Me How You Live is an evocative journey to the fascinating Middle East of the 1930s that is sure to delight Dame Agatha’s millions of fans, as well as aficionados of Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody mysteries and eager armchair travelers everywhere.

Shrinking Violets

The Secret Life of Shyness

Author: Joe Moran

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782830677

Category: History

Page: 179

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Our success as a species is built on sociability, so shyness in humans should be an anomaly. But it's actually remarkably common - we all know what it's like to cringe in embarrassment, stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group, or flush with humiliation if we suddenly become the unwelcome centre of attention. In Shrinking Violets, Joe Moran explores the hidden world of shyness, providing insights on everything from timidity in lemon sharks to the role of texting in Finnish love affairs. As he seeks answers to the questions that shyness poses - Why are we shy? Can we overcome it? Does it define us? - he uncovers the fascinating stories of the men and women who were 'of the violet persuasion', from Charles Darwin to Agatha Christie, and from Tove Jansson to Nick Drake. In their stories - often both heart-breaking and inspiring - and through the myriad ways scientists and thinkers have tried to explain and cure shyness, Moran finds a hopeful conclusion. To be shy, he decides, is not simply a burden - it is also a gift, a different way of seeing the world that can be both enriching and inspiring.

Three Stones Make a Wall

The Story of Archaeology

Author: Eric H. Cline

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691184259

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, “I see wonderful things.” Carter’s fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall. Written by Eric Cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, this book traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries. Along the way, it addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found? Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to today’s exciting new discoveries, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology.

Drawing on the Past

An Archaeologist's Sketchbook

Author: Naomi F. Miller

Publisher: UPenn Museum of Archaeology

ISBN: 9781931707275

Category: Social Science

Page: 104

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What is it like to be an archaeologist and to "do" archaeology? Through whimsical watercolors, drawings, fascinating marginalia, and humorous anecdotes, Naomi F. Miller illustrates the life of a field archaeologist, illuminating her story with charming art that she has done mostly in her spare time on digs. She begins with how she became an archaeologist and an archaeobotanist. She uses the artwork she has done over the past 30 years to recount her experiences on excavations from Malyan, Iran, to Gordion, Turkey, to Euphrates projects in Turkey and Syria, and to Anau, Turkmenistan Iran. Packed into the text are many anecdotes along with an astonishing amount of information about archaeology. The text answers the questions most lay people ask about archaeology—how do you find sites, how do you know where to dig, who pays for the excavation—and much more. The artist evokes both the life and landscapes she has experienced as an archaeologist. Neither a dry textbook nor a romanticized view of the field, this book integrates text and pictures to give an entertaining yet informative view of life on a dig.

The 8.55 To Baghdad

Author: Andrew Eames

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446422143

Category: Travel

Page: 432

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Travel journalist Andrew Eames was in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo when he met an elderly lady who had known Agatha Christie. Fascinated by the exotic history of this quintessentially English crime writer, he decided to retrace the trip from London to Baghdad which she made in 1928 - a journey which was to change Agatha Christie completely and led to her other life as the wife of an archaeologist in the deserts of Syria and Iraq. Travelling from London to Baghdad by train on the eve of the Iraq war, through the troubled areas of the Balkans and the Middle East, Eames found stark contrasts to the old Orient Express route as well as some unexpected connections with the past.

Managing Archaeology

Author: John Carman,Malcolm Cooper,Anthony Firth,David Wheatley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134843534

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Effective management is becoming increasingly important in all aspects of archaeology. Archaeologists must manage the artefacts thay deal with, their funding, ancient sites, as well as the practice of archaeology itself. Managing Archaeology is a collecton of outstanding papers from experts involved in these many areas. The contributors focus on the principles and practice of management in the 1990s, covering such crucial aeas as the management of contract and field archaeology, heritage management, marketing, law and information technology. The resulting volume is important and informative reading for archaeologists and heritage managers, as well as planners, policy makers and environmental consultants.

Protecting Çatalhöyük


Author: Sadrettin Dural,Ian Hodder

Publisher: Left Coast Press

ISBN: 1598740504

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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As part of the innovative, multivocal output from the famous Turkish Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, we hear from one of the site guards, Sadrettin Dural, who tells the story of the excavation from the point of view of the “Other.”

Waking Caliban

Author: Michael Cale

Publisher: Bitingduck Press LLC

ISBN: 091799096X

Category: Electronic books

Page: 165

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A 400 year-old puzzle, a mystery surrounding the last will and testament of William Shakespeare.

The Mountain of the Women

Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour

Author: Liam Clancy

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0385520506

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 294

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A member of the legendary Irish group The Clancy Brothers details his eventful odyssey from rural Ireland in the 1930s into the heart of the New York music scene during the 1950s and 1960s in a lively memoir that also describes his encounters with such celebrities as Bob Dylan, Maya Angelou, Robert Redford, Lenny Bruce, Pete Seeger, and Barbra Streisand.