By Ailsa Parkin

Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical Sciences. By Adrian Currie, 2018. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Hardback, 376 pp. ISBN 9780262037266.

In 1959 Umberto Eco published a short fictional essay titled “Fragments” in the avant-garde literary magazine Il Verri. The essay takes the form of an imagined paper read by “Prof. Anouk Ooma of the Department of Archaeology, Prince Joseph’s Land University, Arctica, Earth” at the IV Intergalactic Congress of Archaeological Studies in the “Mathematical Year 121”. In this post-nuclear future archaeologists gather to try and piece together life before “the Explosion”. Prof. Ooma is particularly animated by …read more      

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