- Dr. Scott Viguié holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist and an attorney. He is the creator of Dr. Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom, The Science from Fiction Podcast; where the audience is brought closer to those who are attempting to bring about the world of tomorrow.
In the Broken Crown universe, Earth along with all its history and culture is gone. Almost nothing is left of it except for what the handful of scientists who were living on Mars might have managed to take with them when they left the planet. This wholesale loss of a people and the ability to access the remains of their civilization and study it is a nightmare for the archaeologist. Archaeologists study the past and with no access to Earth, what is left to study for future archaeologists will be the remains of this original Mars colony. This becomes especially true as the people in this universe begin to leave the planet and colonize others. Suddenly this original site on Mars is the most ancient human site anywhere.
One of the problems facing modern archaeologists is that many modern civilizations sit directly on top of the ancient ones making it difficult to study and preserve the past. This is especially true in places like the island of Kauai where a majority of the island is inaccessible even modernly and the present population has a desire to live within the same proximity to the beach as the ancient one did. In order to preserve the past and not desecrate ancient burials it requires a lot of regulation and cooperation by the protectors of that past, archaeologists and those who sit on burial councils, and the modern day land owners.
In the Broken Crown universe, any cooperation of this kind must, almost by necessity, not exist particularly when on places like Titan there isn’t even enough room for the current population to all live in safety. If there is such little consideration for the safety and well-being of the living there is almost certainly no consideration for the dead.
This would leave a future archaeologist with nothing to do except weep over the daily destruction of historic sites if it weren’t for one thing. That one thing are those items that people did bring with them from Earth. In a future where there is very little history what historical artifacts from antiquity that do exist are likely to become very valuable to high-end collectors such as the very rich who have flocked to Titan. Suddenly things like a Mickey Mouse watch, a 2013 Rookie card, and a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone are the new black market items worth millions to collectors on Titan. These items will begin to show up on the black market and archaeology will revert back to its own roots of treasure hunting as the more ethically and civically minded individuals strive to get those artifacts from the original Mars scientists into museums while those who are less scrupulous sell to the highest bidder.
Those souls who are trying to escape Titan might do well to try and find one of these rare and valuable items. Something like that could be a bargaining chip that might ultimately be the difference between success and failure, life and death.
Scott C. Viguie J.D., Ph.D.
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