The Archaeologists follow six people from the fictional edge city Wississauga whose lives intersect when bones are discovered in a backyard overlooking the site of a proposed thoroughfare. As personal beliefs are challenged and lives are turned upside down, they each must grapple with the big questions–the environment, consumerism, ennui, repatriation.
Hal Niedzviecki’s vividly portrayed characters, caught in the conflict between the natural and the urban, resonate with the rage that unbridled modernity raises in all of us, whether we know it or not. The Archaeologists is a novel Jane Jacobs would have loved. — Wayne Grady, author of Emancipation Day