Finders Keepers

A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

By Craig Childs
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316066426, 288pp.)

Publication Date: August 4, 2010

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“In Finders Keepers, Craig Childs examines the incredibly thorny issues of archaeology, looting, collecting, and the larger question: Who owns the past? With his trademark honesty and well-researched knowledge of the subject, Childs vividly shows us that there are no right answers and that moral ambiguity rules. Another brilliant and thought-provoking book from one of the West's greatest living writers.”
-- Joe Foster, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO

To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero--or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs's riveting new book is a ghost story--an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present. The result is a brilliant book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.

About the Author

Craig Childs--naturalist, adventurer, and desert ecologist--lives in Crawford, CO. His previous books include The Animal Dialogues, House of Rain, The Way Out, The Secret Knowledge of Water, and Soul of Nowhere.

Sunday, Aug 29, 2010

Real archaeologists are nothing like Indiana Jones, but that doesn't mean their world isn't dramatic and dangerous. Author Craig Childs sheds a light on pot hunters and relic diggers in his new book, Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession. More at

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