Gary Brun asks:
> This is a serious question so please do not dismiss
> Could some one please tell me what is so important
> about archaeology.
Taking archaeology to mean material remains as well as
the study of material remains...
Without archaeology (and history):
we would know nothing about our culture and other
we would not have heritage;
we would not have civilisation;
in this country, we would have far less income in the
country as a whole because we would have virtually no
> Why should people spend so much money on digging up
> the past instead of
> channelling that money into the future.
It does pay for things that benefit our future. For
example, archaeology helps to find answers to human
diseases. And then there are the knock-on effects on
our culture and economy as listed above.
> What would happen if you as an archaeologists had to
> justify your salaries
> and why the profession existed.
People would realise that they are very underpaid and
provide excessively good value for money.
> How would you handle the negative media coverage of
> your profession if this
> subject was to be explored.
The only negative coverage would be doubts about the
sanity of anyone taking up a career in the sector with
such poor financial reward and more risk of long-term
injury problems than in many professions.
By the way, I am not an archaeologist, but I do work
in the heritage sector.