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This short story was first written and published in the year 1957, as part of a collection of short science fiction stories in the collection Astounding Science Fiction. Piper's story is unusual in focusing on the problem of archaeology on an alien culture. How is is possible to decipher writings of an alien race that died out 50,000 years ago? What could we possibly have in common with them? There can be no 'Rosetta Stone' with a shared language so is it impossible? That is the struggle of the protagonist and against all odds she does indeed find a way for our two cultures to meet. An excellent story well written.
The text cuts off at the bottom, so that some sentences are lost on each page. I don't want to piece together what I'm missing. Other than that, I'm sure it's a decent story. Volkorn works the best, but still omits a lot.
Excellently read, and a very intriguing story for those who like archeology and languages.