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Book Review: "Finders Keepers" by Craig Childs

Posted by John Mangels on August 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Book Review:

Title: “Finders Keepers – A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession”

Author: Craig Childs

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Date: 2010

What would you do if you found an arrowhead, a pot shard, a complete pot, an unopened storage cyst?

When does an archaeologist become a collector?

When do museums have enough stuff?

What is the best way to preserve the past?

Craig Childs poses these and many more questions in 15 though provoking essays on the legal, moral and ethical aspects of modern archaeology where he draws from personal experience in the southwest and from case studies from around the world. Craig hints at what he would do, but he leaves open the final question – what would you do?

In “Finders Keepers”, Craig believes that the finals disposition of any archaeological artifact is up to the finder and it becomes his responsibility, as keeper, to give the artifact the respect and honor that it deserves. Hence the Finder becomes the Keeper – he has the final say.

This book is a must read for anyone who searches for or visits archaeological sites. One should know in their own mind what they would do if confronted by any of the above circumstances.

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4 Comments

Reply John Mangels
3:57 PM on September 1, 2010 
Go to the attached link for an interview with Craig Childs concerning his book "Finders Keepers".

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kuer/news.newsmain/article/184/
0/1689988/RadioWest.(M-F..11AM..and..7PM)/81910.Finders.Keepers

Thanks Joe for bringing this to our attention.
Reply susie
3:50 PM on August 31, 2010 
I can't wait to read the book, I hope I can reserve it at the library.
Reply Riuchard Cline
4:51 PM on August 29, 2010 
Actually his name is Craig not Greg...
Reply John mangels
1:49 PM on August 29, 2010 
"Finders Keepers" is a must read for anyone who visits archaeological sites. It is a tought provoking, quick read that addresses issues that are "current events" in Southern Utah. This is a great followup to his classic, "The House of Rain".