Not everyone is a naturally born historian or archeologist, and so it might be challenging to get the perfect book for a person who is passionate about these two subjects, but hasn’t experienced with any of them. If you’re getting the book for yourself, the matter is way simpler than if you are trying to purchase one for a friend.
The problem is that not all archeology books are made to be fun. If you’d rather read something that relates to archeology but doesn’t take you through all of the processes and intricate mysteries that the science might not make available for everyone, perhaps you’d enjoy a book written by Agatha Christie. Believe it or not, I am not referring to the many mysteries that the lady has published. My recommendation does not involve Monsieur Poirot or Miss Marple.
The book is called Come, Tell Me How You Live and it details some of the adventures of the couple Christie and Mallowan. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Agatha’s first husband left her for another woman and then for many years, the writer was single. Her second husband was Max Mallowan, a world-known archeologist who spent a lot of his time in Syria and Iraq. In her autobiography, Christie talks about how Mallowan realized she would be the perfect wife for him. They happened to be left stranded in the middle of the desert, and instead of panicking, she simply went on to the other side of the car, got in the shade, and started dozing off.
If you’d prefer something a bit more romantic, I would recommend The Woman on The Orient Express, which is a story of three ladies, one of which is Agatha Christie herself. They all travel to Baghdad where they have some adventures. So, in a way, archeology plays a smaller part in this novel, but it’s still there, nonetheless.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is another book that I warmly recommend, and that’s because it contains several shocking truths. It is regrettable that most Americans seem to think that Indians were scattered all over the Americas when they were discovered by the Europeans. In fact, their culture was far more advanced than we would believe. Indians were doing things like landscaping and manipulating the environment for their purposes. This book tells you all about the native cultures of North and South America before Columbus.
Another book you might want to try out is After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC, by Steven Mithen. If you’ve ever asked yourself just what happened to humans following the last ice age, perhaps this work might be able to give you some answers.