The Archaeologist’s Daughter

By Antony Christie
ISBN 978-1-9999728-3-7
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Through a series of finely detailed and focused vignettes from The Archaeologist’s Daughter’s professional career, Antony Christie evokes the passion and dedication entailed in the experience of fieldwork. Perceptive atmospheric poems describe both the patience and the excitement involved as she uncovers remains and artefacts from which to infer a history. And like the discipline of archaeology itself, the narrative provides hints and clues from which much more can be inferred; this replication of the archaeological process allows the reader to glimpse the personal and psychological life beyond the professional.

She builds castles on the shore

(in Labrador; she is 6)

not to be mastered by the salt mist,
the first spring flies that search out skin
when, tentatively, the higher sun
rolls its grey rags
into the ponds and hollows,

the archaeologist’s daughter
in blue boots and yellow sou’wester,
is building herself a shore castle
of sixteenth century tiles
to weather the next tide;

her father, his back to the sea ice,
sketches the stone rows in the frozen bog
that show where its slow leaching of flesh
has honed to a bone cage
the Basque tile bearers.

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