Pt. 1. In the country of the dead. Amateurs ; The destiny jar ; Treasure hunters ; Unseen things -- pt. 2. Vandalism and other acts of removal. Diggers ; Going to market ; A history of urges ; The chosen ones ; Salvage archaeology -- pt. 3. Where artifacts end up. The golden jar ; Houses of obsession ; Public trust -- pt. 4. In situ. No place like home ; Holding on ; Letting go
Beyond what most people think about archaeology--with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries--lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Here, naturalist and adventurer Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve, and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong? Written in his trademark lyrical style, this book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology. It is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection--in other words, a ghost story.--From publisher description.