Monroe brushed away the ancient dirt with a trembling hand. This could be one of the greatest archeological finds of the decade, no, the century! He was excavating what he believed to be an Etruscan temple, build near the end of the 8th century BC. He wasn’t yet sure of what the temple was dedicated to, but he was sure this statue would hold the answer he had spent the last year and a half searching for. He wiped his dusty hands on his jeans, then pulled a delicate brush out of his tool belt, and began the long process of uncovering his discovery.
Herr Schnidlik poured over the old documents. They had been on Earth nearly as long as him. They were written back in the glory days, when the Party was set to create a perfect, unflawed world. Most people had given up hope. They thought those days were long gone, but Schnidlik knew there was still a chance of rebuilding. He just needed one man. It had been nearly 70 years, and no luck, but Schnidlik would not give up until every breath left his frail old body. His eyes lit up with hope and anticipation as he read of “Augustus’ Amulet”. He felt the feelings of frustration dissipate with this new promise of hope.
Schnidlik rose from his creaky wooden chair, grabbing his coat and hat. It would be a long flight from Germany to New York.
Professor Lilly Packson found herself drawn to the amulet yet again. It seemed to draw people in. Lilly was sure there was more to it than the beautiful craftsmenship of the gold chain, or the enormous crystal set into the gold. It seemed to hold some kind of power. Most scholars dismissed the idea with scorn, calling it “superstitious garbage”, but they had never come face to face with it. There were statues and relief sculpture showing heroes from antiquity wielding what appeared to be magic crystals. Romulus and the other Kings of Rome, and even heroes from factual history such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caeser.
Lilly pulled herself out of her trance, looking around her exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The New York Kouros had gained a lot of attention and fame over the years. Lilly smiled as she thought about how much it would get when the new statues arrived. That Englishman, Monroe, had auctioned them off after finding them, amazingly in perfect condition. Not much was known about them yet, but when they arrived, Lilly and her team would piece together their history. If Monroe was right, then they would suggest the Romans had achieved realism in their statues before or alongside the Greeks.