Motel of the Mysteries   -     By: David Macaulay
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Motel of the Mysteries

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1979 / Paperback

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In 1985, a cataclysmic disaster occurred. An accidental reduction in postal rates of 3rd & 4th class mail literally buried the North Americans under piles of brochures, fliers, and small containers marked "free." In less than a day, their civilization disappeared.

In 4022, the ground beneath Howard Carson's feet gave way, and he found himself standing at what could only be a tomb door. He realized he was on the threshold of history, as he would be the discoverer of the mysterious burial customs of the late twentieth-century North Americans. This is the story of his archaeological excavation, and the resulting museum collections of his finds (organized by the Department of Yank Antiquities).

For anyone who's been interested in archaeology, anthropology, or even just walked through a history museum or watched a television documentary, The Motel of the Mysteries will delight. Interpreting a toilet seat as the Sacred Collar, drawing & numbering the "priceless artifacts" in the "tomb" in exquisite scale, noting the "Great Alter" for communication with the gods MOVIEA and MOVIEB, and even including a special section on the museum gift shop souvenirs (including a solid crystal paperweight enclosing a reproduction of a Plant That Would Not Die, and a seven-coaster set based on the mosaic ceiling tiles with the precise water marks of the original, available handsomely boxed), The Motel of the Mysteries is a hysterical look at the methods of archaeological interpretation. 95 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1979
Dimensions: 11 X 8 (inches)
ISBN: 0395284252
ISBN-13: 9780395284254
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Ages: 9-12

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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 a still-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.

Author Bio

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington PostChildrens Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

Editorial Reviews

"David Macaulay . . . is a superb craftsman and an imaginative writer and illustrator . . . His new book is a marvel of imagination and a comfortable satire. He projects a time when our civilization will have been buried . . . As always with Mr. Macaulay's books, wonderfully illustrated." The New York Times

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