Motel of the Mysteries
It can be a pretty funny book, driven by Carson's w ...more
I think David Macaulay is better known for his non-fiction illustrated books, often aimed at children, that explain how things were made, but I loved this illustrated spoof of archaeology.
In 4022, archaeologists excavate a cheap motel buried in the 1985 disaster that covers North America with a solidified crust composed of junk mail, and solidified air pollution – and proceed to systematically misinterpret the site as an ancient mortuary, based upon the one room that contained a couple of skel...more
Set centuries in the future, the author takes us through an archaeological dig exploring a common motel room. Our protagonist works diligently to identify all manner of artifacts from toilet seats to televisions and proceeds to get them all completely and utterly wrong. ...more
The year is 4022. The ancient civilization of Usa was buried under mounds of detritus in the year 1985. Amateur archeologist Howard Carson makes the discovery of a lifetime when he inadvertently falls into a tomb buried under the ...more
In the future, an archaeologist discovers a preserved hotel room from 1985--complete with skeletons of the last occupants. Using his knowledge, he proceeds to explain what he sees--and it is hilarious!
What a great look at our modern culture--although a bit dated for today, it's accurate for 1985, the time in which the book was writt ...more
Although it does seem to go a bit overboard, it’s still pretty cute and it definitely highlights a lot of concerns that archaeologists and other researchers have to consider when looking at artifacts from other cul ...more
This book gives a satirical look at the different conclusions archaeologists and anthropologists come up with regarding ancient dig sites and shows that what we think happened may not be the case at all.
The general plot line of this book is that due to a decrease in the charge to mail fourth-class (junk) mail, ...more
Macaulay is known for his architectural and "exploded view" drawings, but here his text creates the whimsical mood that carries the book. Clearly parodying the discovery of King Tut's tomb, the text follows amateur archaelogist Howard Carson's accidental discovery of a still-sealed tomb ...more
The story is that of an archaeologist who has uncovered a strange chamber in the North American continent in the far future. The 'burial chamber' is not what the archaeologist thinks it is however, as it is painfully ...more
A parody of the Egyptology of the late 19th/early 20th century, this short book posits that in 1985, North America was inundated with a flood of junk mail and condensed smog that buried the continent. Roughly two centuries later, excavat ...more
The ruins of a motel room are taken for a Yank burial chamber, and the amateur archaeologist who makes this g ...more
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