I read this book a long time ago and have been trying find it again. For the life of me I cannot remember the title. It involves a future generation of humans unearthing the ruins of our current/modern civilization. I remember a section where a football field is discovered and they interpret it as a form of sun worship which involved people being sacrificed on the goal posts.

  • Could it be one of the works reviewed in this article?
    – user14111
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 8:21
  • Could be this but these are aliens and not humans scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/1626/…
    – Bigben59
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 10:44
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    I'll avoid linking to the TV Tropes "Future Imperfect" entry, namely because I read through and there's no mention of football. On a side note, search for "football and sun worship" on Google and you'll find a number of people hold that belief today.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 11:49
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    Could it have been Motel of the Mysteries written by David Macaulay? It's an old book (published 1979) depicting a 41st century archaeologist unearthing a motel from 1985.
    – RobertF
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 12:49
  • Could this be one of the "Nacirema" joke papers? (See Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nacirema) There was a collection of them published in 1975 called The Nacirema: Readings on American Culture that might be the collection of which you're thinking.
    – Otis
    Commented Mar 12, 2015 at 20:34

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Perhaps this book: "Motel of Mysteries" http://www.amazon.com/Motel-Mysteries-David-Macaulay/dp/0395284252

It is the year 4022; all of the ancient country of Usa has been buried under many feet of detritus from a catastrophe that occurred back in 1985. Imagine, then, the excitement that Howard Carson, an amateur archeologist at best, experienced when in crossing the perimeter of an abandoned excavation site he felt the ground give way beneath him and found himself at the bottom of a shaft, which, judging from the DO NOT DISTURB sign hanging from an archaic doorknob, was clearly the entrance to a still-sealed burial chamber. Carson's incredible discoveries, including the remains of two bodies, one of then on a ceremonial bed facing an altar that appeared to be a means of communicating with the Gods and the other lying in a porcelain sarcophagus in the Inner Chamber, permitted him to piece together the whole fabric of that extraordinary civilization.

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    – Null
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 14:59

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