The Excavation of Mushroom Island

excavation01Mario fans have pondered for years about the inspiration behind Miyamoto’s mixed up landscape of prehistoric animals, mushroom people, and trans-dimensional plumbing.

Many have speculated about graphical limitations and or hallucination induced adventures as possible reasons for the universes existence, but in this age of internet rumors, nothing can stand up against (made-up) facts in a published hardcover.

Finally, a book has been released that details archaeologist Logan Zawacki’s expedition in uncovering the historical origins of Mario lore.

From the book’s description:

“In ”˜The Excavation of Mushroom Island,’ archaeologist Logan Zawacki and his team uncover the greatest archaeological discovery of the century and document their entire experience. This book comes complete with a detailed chronology of the cultures that inhabited the islands between the Arcadic Period and the Early Snesolithic Period, as well as detailed maps of the landscape and site locations of each marvelous find. There are over 30 documented fossils to view within this 76-page softcover book. Each fossil comes complete with a map of their locations, scientific names, dimensions, and informative comments provided by the lead researcher, Logan Zawacki.

The ”˜Excavation of Mushroom Island’ combines fact with fiction, pop culture with science, and technology with art to create the illusion of a “real” Super Mario World.”

The book looks like an awesome 11 X 13″ hardcover and while it’s a bit pricey at US $50, it’s not much to ask to have one of the 100 limited-edition printings. The book is available now on and there’s a preview you can check out there as well.
Thanks to Robby “Brownkidd” Weiss at Albotas for the story!