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Motel of the mysteries by David Macaulay
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Motel of the mysteries (original 1979; edition 1979)

by David Macaulay

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It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to astill-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.… (more)
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Title:Motel of the mysteries
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Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay (1979)

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    Glacial Period by Nicolas de Crécy (bluepiano)
    bluepiano: In a future ice age an expedition comes upon a queer building buried in the snow, explore it, and make the sort of deductions that people who've never heard of the Louvre or indeed of art galleries might make. Artwork in this book is gorgeous.
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    The Weans by Robert Nathan (PuddinTame)
    PuddinTame: Similarly funny looks at "archeology" in North America
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children's, picture book, archaeologists, archaeology, parody, satire, humor, future, 4000s, New York, United States, artifacts, mistakes, assumptions, pollution, ruins, skeletons, toilets, televisions, 1980s, King Tutankamun
  mcghol | Oct 9, 2021 |
Humorous account of a 4020 excavation of a 20th century motel.

More of a smile than a lol but enjoyable. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 31, 2020 |
Read prior to 2004. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 7, 2020 |
Treating an old motel like the tomb of King Tut. ( )
  Huaquera | Jun 26, 2019 |
This book addresses scientific questions and techniques of creating inferences from limited evidence. It takes the view of a post-apocalyptic ethnographer or anthropologist trying to look back at the late twentieth century world and to identify just from the artifacts that have been left behind, and the condition and locations in which they were left, who we were and how we lived. The extensive use of inference both acknowledges the challenges faced by real anthropologists and archeologists and provides a means for insightful satire of some of the vices of the time period.
Dark without becoming overly grim this is an excellent exercise for readers of all ages to but some academic distance between what they know about day to day life and what would really actually be obvious to an outside observer. ( )
  jcook18 | May 28, 2019 |
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It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to astill-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

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