Man with Hat and Pipe

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A Material Girl It’s a cliché, I know, but I became an archaeologist because of romance. I fell for hidden things, material traces of a veiled, seductive past. I didn’t just want to read about the past; I wanted to touch it and feel it get its hooks into my body. I can’t resist handling artefacts-surreptitiously pushing the gold wire of an excavated earring through my pierced lobe, touching my tongue to the edge of a ceramic fragment to see whether it’s earthenware or porcelain. When I grew up in Australia in the 1960s and ’70s there was nothing old in our house; even my grandparents had replaced anything that reminded them of the war or the Depression with 1960s veneers, vinyl, and laminex. The past I fell for had nothing to do with my people or my world; it took me to another place, an exotic, foreign country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObject Stories
Subtitle of host publicationArtifacts and archaeologists
EditorsSteve Brown, Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315423364
ISBN (Print)9781611323832, 9781611323849
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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