Uncovering the Past: A History of Archaeology

Uncovering the Past: A History of Archaeology

Uncovering the Past: A History of Archaeology

Uncovering the Past: A History of Archaeology

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For the moment, time as a factor in human life has lost its meaning. Three thousand, four thousand years maybe, have passed and gone since human feet last trod the floor on which you stand, and yet, as you note the signs of recent life around you--the half-filled bowl of mortar for the door, the blackened lamp, the finger-mark upon the freshly painted surface, the farewell garland dropped upon the threshold--you feel it might have been but yesterday. . . . Time is annihilated by little intimate details such as these, and you feel an intruder.

H. Carter andA. C. Mace The Tomb of Tut.Ankh.Amen

What Is Archaeology?

What image comes to mind when you hear the words "archaeology" or "archaeologist"? Many people picture a romantic figure like the fictional Indiana Jones exploring exotic places in search of treasure and adventure. Novels, movies, and many popular accounts of archaeological discoveries have made this concept of archaeology and archaeologists quite widespread. Tales of abandoned cities, ruined temples, primeval monuments or mysterious ancient tombs tend to kindle the urge for adventure, exploration, or treasure hunting that seems to lie beneath the surface of even the most timid and conventional individuals.

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