16.282 archaeological imagination

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 282.
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             Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 07:10:43 +0100
             From: "Al Magary" <al@magary.com>
             Subject: Re: 16.277 the archaeological imagination?

    English novelist Margaret Drabble, who also edited the Oxford Companion to
    English Literature, devotes more than a few pages in her _The Realms of
    Gold_ (1975) to exploring the archaeological imagination. Her heroine is
    Frances Wingate, an independent archaeologist with worldwide fame by her
    mid-30s. In her late 20s she was both lucky and intuitive enough to have
    found the site of a (fictional) Sahara trade town. See Part One in
    particular; in my Penguin edition (1977), a description of how she found
    the site starts on p. 33.

    Later on, in revisiting (excavating) her own relationships and her family's
    history, she exercises that imagination in the (fictional) town of Tockley,
    Lincs. Anyone interested in travel literature will be delighted by the
    recounting of her visit to the town and exploration of a cottage in the
    fens, starting on p. 103.

    Al Magary

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