• Three Stones Make A Wall: The Story of Archaeology by Eric Cline
Incredibly readable and engaging. Cline tells a really good story.
I like: the thought experiment/fictional universe where people from the future unearth Starbucks and decide that the mermaid must be a goddess. But (my thoughts) – what if in the far future, we are so removed from the idea of religion, that posterity mistakenly assigns the label of corporations to what were religions?
• Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Listening to this as an audiobook as I drive. The narrator sounds like a dispassionate old British guy.
Main takeaways for the day: the 1500s was the Scientific Revolution, driven by politics, economics and religion. And –
James Lind discovered the cure for scurvy by feeding James Cook’s sailors oranges 🍊
• Life in the Land of the Pharaohs by the Reader’s Digest
Has nice pictures. Today I learnt that in (ancient?) Egypt, there wasn’t a word for marriage, the expression was just “to make a home”. So if you found your favourite human and shacked up with him, you were wife and husband.
University Application Status at present: finally uploaded all relevant documents to the related uni application website. Am “Eligible for Consideration” for the graduate Archaeology course; not quite the archaeologist-fetus.