Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession : Craig Childs is a relic hunter. For decades, he has traveled the world in search of potsherds, shrines, arrowheads, and tapestries - precious belongings that people cared for, then cached away. He has liberated an ill-gotten artifact from a display case and returned it to nature; dodged rifle fire from territorial locals; free-climbed craggy boulders to get just one peek at a basket. Now, in Finders Keepers, he takes us on a bold journey from the lonesome desert canyons of the Southwest to high-end Fifth Avenue art galleries as he risks his life and freedom to find and preserve precious artifacts that hold the secrets of past civilizations. At the heart of Childs's adventures lie difficult questions: To whom does the past belong? Is the archaeologist who discovers a lost tomb a hero - or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin from which it came, is she a thief? A vibrant and passionate controversy rages around these issues, just beneath the dusty surface of what most people imagine to be the staid field of archaeology. Craig Childs investigates scientists, thieves, and contested land claims as he explores the field's transgressions against the cultures and objects it endeavors to preserve and study. Written with the lyrical grace that is Craig Childs's hallmark, Finders Keepers is a dashing tale of crime and detection, mixing adventure, science, and philosophy. It is also an astonishing ghost story - an intense examination of man and nature and all that is left behind.
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