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The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1) The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1)
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avg rating 3.85 — 14,484 ratings — published 2009
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Archaeological Theory Archaeological Theory (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.60 — 158 ratings — published 1999
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The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2) The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway #2)
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avg rating 3.89 — 6,578 ratings — published 2010
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Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin, #1) Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin, #1)
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avg rating 3.71 — 8,905 ratings — published 1999
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The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox, #1) The Alexander Cipher (Daniel Knox, #1)
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avg rating 3.59 — 9,693 ratings — published 2007
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In Search of the Indo-Europeans In Search of the Indo-Europeans (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 1,041 ratings — published 1989
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Motel of the Mysteries Motel of the Mysteries (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.13 — 1,664 ratings — published 1979
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The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3) The House at Sea's End (Ruth Galloway, #3)
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avg rating 3.90 — 6,252 ratings — published 2011
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The Maya (Ancient Peoples & Places) The Maya (Ancient Peoples & Places)
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avg rating 3.85 — 1,478 ratings — published 1966
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Archaeology: An Introduction Archaeology: An Introduction (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.72 — 68 ratings — published 1983
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Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1) Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
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avg rating 3.51 — 48,109 ratings — published 2005
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Martin's Hundred Martin's Hundred (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.01 — 156 ratings — published 1982
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Lion in the Valley  (Amelia Peabody, #4) Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody, #4)
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avg rating 4.16 — 11,327 ratings — published 1986
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The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3) The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)
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avg rating 4.04 — 11,463 ratings — published 1985
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Lake of Sorrows (Nora Gavin, #2) Lake of Sorrows (Nora Gavin, #2)
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avg rating 3.84 — 2,662 ratings — published 2004
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Ancient North America Ancient North America (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.86 — 232 ratings — published 1991
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The Shadowy Horses The Shadowy Horses (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.88 — 12,609 ratings — published 1997
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A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4) A Room Full of Bones (Ruth Galloway #4)
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avg rating 3.85 — 4,430 ratings — published 2011
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Anthony Thwaite
“THE BARROW

In this high field strewn with stones
I walk by a green mound,
Its edges sheared by the plough.
Crumbs of animal bone
Lie smashed and scattered round
Under the clover leaves
And slivers of flint seem to grow
Like white leaves among green.
In the wind, the chestnut heaves
Where a man's grave has been.

Whatever the barrow held
Once, has been taken away:
A hollow of nettles and dock
Lies at the centre, filled
With rain from a sky so grey
It reflects nothing at all.
I poke in the crumbled rock
For something they left behind
But after that funeral
There is nothing at all to find.

On the map in front of me
The gothic letters pick out
Dozens of tombs like this,
Breached, plundered, left empty,
No fragments littered about
Of a dead and buried race
In the margins of histories.
No fragments: these splintered bones
Construct no human face,
These stones are simply stones.

In museums their urns lie
Behind glass, and their shaped flints
Are labelled like butterflies.
All that they did was die,
And all that has happened since
Means nothing to this place.
Above long clouds, the skies
Turn to a brilliant red
And show in the water's face
One living, and not these dead."

— Anthony Thwaite, from The Owl In The Tree”
Anthony Thwaite

“In a city it's impossible to forget we live in places raised and built over time itself. The past is underneath our feet. Every day when I leave the house , I may walk over a place where a king killed a wolf in the Royal Forest of Stocket, one of the medieval hunting forests ,where alder and birch , oak and hazel,willow, cherry and aspen grew. The living trees were cut down , their wood used to fuel the city's growth , it's trade, it's life.The ancient wood ,preserved in peat, was found underneath the city(The site of the killing is fairly well buried -the wolf and the king had their encounter some time around the early years of the eleventh century)It's the same as in any other city, built up and over and round , ancient woodlands cut down , bogs drained , watercourses altered, a landscape rendered almost untraceable, vanished.Here, there's a history of 8,000 years of habitation , the evidence in excavated fish hooks and fish bone reliquaries, in Bronze Age grave-goods of arrowheads and beakers, what's still under the surface, in revenants and ghosts of gardens , of doo'cots and orchards, of middens and piggeries, plague remains and witch-hunts, of Franciscans and Carmelites, their friaries buried , over-taken by time and stone .This is a stonemasons' city , a city of weavers and gardeners and shipwrights and where I walk , there was once a Maison Dieu, a leper house; there was song schools and sewing schools, correction houses and tollboths, hidden under layers of time, still there”
Esther Woolfson, Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary

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