What is archaeology? (2)

Take a familiar place of worship: how much of the structure and iconography do you truly understand? Now go to a similar building of a completely different religious tradition; how much do you truly understand now? Now make sure no writings about that second tradition survive, remove almost all the objects from the building, knock it down except for the bottom two or three courses of brick and bury it for 1000 years. Dig it up. Now how much do you understand?

That’s archaeology!


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