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M.K. Hutchins regularly draws on her background in archaeology when writing fantasy and science fiction. She's the author of the YA fantasy novels The Redwood Palace and Drift, which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a VOYA Topshelf honoree. She's written over thirty short stories, appearing in Podcastle, Analog, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. One of those stories was a Scribe Award winner. She endeavors to grow bushels of food, play heaps of board games, and read mountains of books. Find her at https://linktr.ee/mkhutchins.
Published Jul 16, 2021 · 7,855 words (29 minutes) · 41 views
This story originally appeared in IGMS in 2013, where it won a reader's choice award. It was later reprinted by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. I've written a lot of short fiction since then, but this one still makes the archaeologist in me very happy. True story: I was nearly abandoned at Mesa Verde once because everyone else was tired of me staring at the postholes when there were "more interesting" things to see.