Archaeology: A Subsequent Lecture

“You’ll be surprised” /

You’re thinking that the present site favors
a broad expanse of fallow farmland more
than it does a fallen city. Let that be Lesson One.

The city is there, and none too deep. Soon
as we begin, you’ll be surprised how thin
the veil turns out to be. You’ll be surprised

how much survives interment, how little
survives intact. For the most part, our city
comes out in pieces, puzzling as any

deliberately jigsawed for an evening’s entertainment. ...

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Issue 49 / May 26, 2016
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    Sadly, no. But biologists have new ways to reveal the unseen. /

  3. Beauty Has a Number

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