Trevor Dunkerley <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <002701c34c9d$
a67ea540$8d15bd50@computer>) about 'private colecting by archaeologists:
was in praise of metal detecting: was (no subject) private collections',
on Thu, 17 Jul 2003:
>"to understand human society in the past..." Archaeology is NOT about
>artefacts, it is about human beings. It is a socio-cultural learning
>exercise and artefacts are just a part of the data, and ONLY part of the
Quite right, but where there are no surviving written records, what do
we have to learn from but artefacts, and **artefacts in context**, too?
If the Antikythera artefact had been found in a bomb crater in Greece
after WW2, it probably wouldn't have been recognized for what it is
(whatever that is!).
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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