Professor Bluestein's Last Dig by Robert Reichardt
Approx. 56,620 words.
Published on April 2, 2013.
Professor Milton M. Bluestein, the Chairman of Archaeology at State University, is about to lose his department due to budget cuts, when he hears about a possible lost civilization and decides to lead a scholarly expedition to investigate. His brother-in-law, Tom Lott, owns a mineral extracting company and has inadvertently stumbled upon the discovery while mining for aluminum.