Saturday, 7 June 2008

What do we mean, "for" archaeology?

I mean we are in favour of the activity of archaeology, as in discovery of the past by looking at material culture; it doesn't necessarily mean we agree with everything archaeologists do all the time. They don't always agree with each other, so we'd have to be schizoid to agree with all of them all the time.

But it is worthwhile and meaningful to try to understand past cultures; it gives us a sense of where we come from, where we have been, and perhaps even where we are going.
Our days are ended. Think, then, of us.
Do not erase us from your memory, nor forget us.

Popol Vuh, sacred book of the Quiché Maya

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