From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture
ISBN: 075910266X Global Overview for this book
1 journaler for this copy...
I admit that I enjoyed the photos of modern-art works inspired by archaeology more than most of the text - but the photos are certainly worth a look. While the author does touch on "archaeologists in popular culture" - with several nods to Indiana Jones - the focus of the book isn't on that alone; there are bits about preferred styles in art, where picturesque ruins seem more appealing to many than tidy, well-built modern structures, and there are discussions of concerns about digging up too many sites instead of preserving some for a future in which technology may be even more effective than it is now. But I liked those photos best, whether touching on David Macaulay's "gas station as ancient ruin" illustration or an art project consisting of bits and pieces found by the artist while walking around town.
WILD RELEASE NOTES: