Archaeological Obsessions

I'm a pushover for archaeological sites, no matter where. When I was guiding academic tours of Britain and Ireland, tour members knew they would be dragged to every undistinguished pile of rocks within driving distance. Here I am near Llandudno in northern Wales, inspecting a bronze age copper mine.


I have very strong feelings about the looting of archaeological sites and the sale of artifacts to "collectors." In Buffalo Bill's Defunct, my latest mystery, the plot develops out of the theft of petroglyphs from a fictional site in the Columbia River Gorge. The YA fantasy series Sarah Webb and I are working on deals with a period of Irish history for which many of the best sources are archaeological. Here is my husband Mickey's photo of the amazing petroglyph "She Who Watches." Anyone who destroys archaeological evidence is killing the human past.