A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
I grew up in Ohio's Cuyahoga River Valley where the names of woods and streams recall the native people who walked there long ago. In such a setting the connection between words and the past--and between the past and poetry--seems only natural.
"Ashkelon's Dead Babies" was inspired by a March/April 1997 story in ARCHAEOLOGY about an Israeli site where the bodies of nearly 100 infants were found in a late Roman/early Byzantine sewer beneath a bathhouse. "The Hanging Coffins of the Bo People" has its roots in the magazine's September/October 1991 article about a medieval Chinese culture that flourished for 400 years before vanishing from history.
Ashkelon's Dead Babies
The Hanging Coffins of the Bo People
For more on Peking Man, see:
"Case of the Curious Cranium", October 20, 1999;
"Rethinking Human Evolution," July/August 1999; and
"Images of Dynasty," March/April 1999.
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