22 thoughts on “Poetic Archaeology 1

    • I’d have to say that’s a definite “yes.” And it’s an exercise to help streamline my novel writing. I don’t want to be Hemingway-like in my brevity, but I do want to keep the story moving. And short poetry forms make us choose our words carefully!


  1. So much said in so few words. Love it!

    By the way, is a little unrelated, but I’ve been meaning to ask you if you’ve read Elly Griffiths’s books based on her Ruth Galloway mysteries. The main character is a forensic archaeologist residing on the English coast. I’ve read her first two, and I believe a third is coming. She infuses archaeology into the mystery, and they are really quite good. Nice scene description, too.


    • Thanks, Carrie!

      I haven’t seen Griffiths’s books, but they definitely sound interesting. Different plot line obviously, but it’d be interesting to see how the archaeologist is portrayed. Indiana Jones is fun, but I don’t know any in real life—darn!


  2. This is totally awesome! I hope to see many more

    Do I hear ‘Fur Elise’ playing in your near future?

    Beethoven’s Fur Elise
    (Bagatelle in A Minor Wo0 59) la mineur a-Moll Vladimir Ashkenazy piano

    “A powerful love ending in a broken heart’s soothing pulse, pleading with the universe in a mysterious deep prayer that draws us into his sorrow”


    • I’ll be attempting some more archaeology-based poetry.

      Like many young piano students, I was oblivious to the stories behind the great pieces. Fur Elise was one of the first “classical” pieces I learned. Its notes are deceptively simple. It’s how you play them that makes the difference. In a 10-year-old’s hands, they’re tolerable. In a master’s, they come to life.


  3. Beautiful. it should be adopted by “Archaeologists, Inc” as a job description 😉

    (I’m sure there is no such group as Archaeologists, Inc, but you know what I mean.)


    • Thanks, Kate! Hmm, maybe the Society for American Archaeology or Register of Professional Archaeologists would do it…. Nah, most archaeologists aren’t the poetic type! But some can write in a popular style. I’m looking for good archaeology blogs like that so I can put together a set of links on my blog if readers would like to check out more of the real thing.


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    • I liked this one when I finished it. I wasn’t sure how it would go over with people who are really good at poetry, but I wanted to try something different. The past has that romantic, evocative feel to it. I hoped I could mesh that with the reality of archaeology.


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