Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology by Susan Johnston

I have a fairly long commute, and nothing makes the time go by like a good audiobook.  Because of the way I like to read fiction, fiction audiobooks don't usually work for me, but fortunately Virginia Beach Public Library has a great collection of nonfiction audio to enjoy.

Lately I've been on a historical kick, and I just finished up the Modern Scholar series title, Myths and Mysteries in Archaeology.  The Modern Scholar Series is just what it sounds like - lecture series on various subjects taught by professors who have been selected because of their expertise and also, I think, based on their ability to deliver a decent talk.  With audio, the narrator makes all the difference, and while taste is subjective, most of the titles I've listened to have been pretty entertaining.

Myths and Mysteries looks at some of the great unknowns or controversies in archaeology - think items that Indiana Jones might search for like Atlantis, or the meaning of Stonehenge or extraterrestrials.  Professor Susan Johnston of George Washington University cuts through the layers of legend and hype to get at what we actually know about these subjects.  She also does a pretty fair job of providing an overview of what archaeology actually is and how it works.

There are nonfiction audiobooks on just about any subject you might be interested in.  If you like the idea of lectures, check out the many titles in the Great Courses series or the Modern Scholar series.  For general nonfiction audiobooks, check with the staff at your local library, or for downloadable audio, check out the subject searches available through Overdrive.

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