Nice to see a story from Jablokov, a rare occurrence these days.
Here he describes the life of (as you might guess from the title) an archaelogist and his wife. There’s an intriguing set up, as his life’s work revolves around studying older civilisations, ones without technology, but with folk tales of early technological civilisations, and the odd odd find on a site, confusing matters. It’s a bit like a boiled down version of Mary Gentle’s ‘Ash’, with a secret history to be found.
The story is done in an almost academic manner, an arms-length relating of the story, rather than the story itself (almost like rushing down a novel outline or draft to pitch to a publisher), but it makes for an intriguing, thoughtful read.