Sarah Nelson’s teaching novel follows Clara, a Korean-American archaeologist, to an excavation in her ancestral homeland. The story recounts her experiences as a field archaeologist and as a young woman caught between two cultures. Nelson also tells the story of Flyingbird and the Neolithic people who lived in the mound Clara is excavating. Addressing issues of gender, shamanism, ethnic identity, and Neolithic culture, and written by a leading American archaeologist specializing in these topics, this volume is both a good read and good archaeology. An ideal starting point to introduce archaeology to college students.
"This intoxicating and poignant novel will grip you as it floats between the worlds of modern and ancient Korea." -- Jared Diamond, UCLA, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
"Nelson has given us a creative and full-of-life set of images, a truly 'peopled past'." -- Margaret Conkey, American Antiquity
A lyrical novel, which both enterains and informs without being self-indulgent." -- Brian Fagan, Asian Perspectives
"Nelson's story is a multi-layered, complex study of identity, gender, archaeology, and adoptee issues. . . The story is seamless and well paced." -- Andrea Lee, Korean Quarterly