Broken Pots, Mending Lives
The Archaeology of Operation Nightingale
256 Pages, 8 x 10 in, B/W and color illustrations
- August 2023
In archaeology there is a job for everyone: from surveying and drawing, to examining the finds, to digging itself. Often this is in some of the most beautiful and restful of landscapes and with talks around a campfire at the end of the day.
This book is the story of those veterans, of their incredible discoveries, of their own journeys of recovery – and sometimes into a lifetime of archaeology. From the crash sites of Spitfires and trenches of the Western Front in the First World War, through to burial grounds of convicts, camp sites of Hessian mercenaries, and Anglo-Saxon cemeteries. Lavishly illustrated, this work will show the reader how the discovery of our shared past – of long-forgotten houses, of glinting gold jewelry, of broken pots, can be restorative and help people mend otherwise damaged lives.
Chapter 1: Origins at the Midden
Chapter 2: The Phoenix and the Eagle
Chapter 3: Legends
Chapter 4: Mud, Blood and Green Fields Beyond
Chapter 5: Tally Ho!
Chapter 6: Facing Beowulf
Chapter 7: Locking the House
Chapter 8: Homes of the Dead
Chapter 9: Conclusions