X Marks the Spot

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Author: Michael Scott

Category: Humanities

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks

ISBN: 9781529367850

RRP: $24.99

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‘Fascinating’ GREG JENNER

‘I couldn’t put it down’ JANINA RAMIREZ

‘Fabulous’ NATALIE HAYNES

‘Alive with the spirit of adventure’ RANULPH FIENNES

‘If you love Indiana Jones, this is the real thing’ DAN SNOW

Ancient shipwrecks in crystal seas, mythical princesses preserved in ice and astonishing lost rituals – this is the story of archaeology.

Professor Michael Scott uncovers the true stories behind history’s most monumental discoveries, unearthing traps, curses and buried treasure along the way. Full of extraordinary characters – from glory hunters to forgotten heroes – X Marks the Spot explores our love affair with the past.

If you love Indiana Jones, this is the real thing. Michael Scott celebrates the fusion of scholarship and adventure in a book full of both.

Through eight of history’s most audacious acts of discovery, Michael Scott tells us the story of archaeology itself. This is a thrilling investigation of humankind’s obsession with the physical remains of its past.

A fascinating bookgreatest hits compendium of archaeological breakthroughs, and as a subtle examination of how “discovery” has evolved. In tracing Archaeology’s journey, Professor Michael Scott shows that “discovery” often required more than just courage, persistence, and talent, but also geopolitical pressure, local knowledge, dubious ethical choices, and pure blind luck!

Do you wish you knew more about some of the most fascinating archaeological discoveries made around the world? Then pick up Michael Scott’s fabulous, learned, smart and never-dusty new book immediately. It’s wonderful.

Michael Scott tells these stories in an affable, scholarly and accessible way with an expert eye, giving us incisive portraits of the fascinating, often difficult and driven characters who expanded the frontiers of knowledge, whilst also examining their actions in light of our modern values and debates about restitution, display and ongoing scholarly investigation.

An essential read for anyone with even a fleeting interest in exploring the past. Michael weaves a world around each discovery, which tells us as much about modern attitudes as it does about the ancient civilisations unearthed. I couldn’t put it down!

Michael Scott deftly captures the trials and triumphs of archaeology, from the privations of life on a dig to the thrill of discovery. Wide-ranging in time and space, X Marks the Spot is a fascinating mix of history, biography and – above all – adventure.

Vivid, pacey and full of fascinating detail, X Marks the Spot is a riveting adventure through time, propelled by Michael Scott’s excellent scholarship and accessible writing style.

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