In my novel, the main character is part of a team trying to unlock/understand and artifact that predates humanity. While I'm still working on a conflict (something to drive the story beyond just the act of discovery) I'm also struggling with character motivation. Is simple curiosity enough to drive my MC? More importantly, is it enough to cause the reader to care? I didn't want the story to be about a race against time or a fight against political meddling but it's starting to seem like I might need more than scientific discovery to make this story compelling... although I think the mystery I present in the story and it's revelation are interesting.