We Keep the Dead Close

I can’t remember what made me read We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper. It was a recommendation by either Peter Mandler or Dan Hicks on twitter, or perhaps both. It is about the politics of academic archaeology at Harvard and the Peabody Museum in the late 1960s – incredibly well written, researched and deeply, alarmingly engrossing in the way that it brings out the characteristics of campus hierarchies, personalities and injustices, particularly Harvard’s, so powerfully. Very good summer holiday reading ! So, I’m grateful for the recommendation.


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