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Chapter 5

The Found

“Every culture has superstitions,” Uncle Lamb explained over dinner.  “Doesn’t mean you have to believe them, but you do have to consider them in your research.”

“But you said facts only,” young Claire reminded him as she tore another chunk of bread from the loaf.

“Put your mind to the Culture, Girl.  Think like your subjects.  What is fantasy to us, is fact to them.  Their gods, their beliefs, their rituals.  If they don’t perform them, then what may happen is seen in that context, as a sign or a punishment,” Uncle Lamb pointed an arthritic finger at her, “Fact.”

“I’ll never be a good archaeologist,” moaned Claire.

“You, Girl, will be one of the best.  I know it.”  Uncle Lamb smiled softly, reaching across to squeeze her hand.  “Your parents would be proud.”

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