Orion, there's an old engineering saying:
"if the only tool you have is a spanner, every problem looks like a nut".
The problem with archaeology is that if you don't know much about real
life, you are extremely deficient in the tools you have to explain
You only have a spanner, and a Xmas cracker spanner at that, and so
every problem looks like an Xmas cracker nut.
And so in order to justify using an Xmas cracker spanner, you invent
Xmas cracker joke theories that allow you to use Xmas cracker spanners.
In other words, you can only really understand the engineering of the
past, if you are a good enough engineer to understand the engineering of
And since all material evidence is essentially engineering/manufactured
items, even if it also had another role,
all good archaeologists need to be first be good engineers.
On 29/12/2014 03:04, Orion wrote:
> No Mike, you got it all wrong.
> Back then everybody knew what everyone else was thinking and they all agreed.
> There were no engineers; the priests just conjured up those structures.
> There was no need to figure out the best way to do things, so they just made
> it up as they went along. Whatever felt good at the time. Who cares if it
> works or not.
> There were no engineers, just archaeologists.
> Who cares what they built or how they built it or why they built it. Leave
> those details for the 21st century archaeologists to explain.
> Maybe they liked doing things the hard way. Maybe they didn't want to 'kill
> the job' by getting it done.
> "If it works to well, we'll be out of a job."
> Long time ago, I was in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Spoke to an Arab there whose
> job it was to maintain a pipe line that delivered water to the town from a
> spring in the hills some distance from the town. It seems that every time
> they had it fixed and the water was flowing, his crew would be let go, but
> they would shortly thereafter be hired back after the pipeline would
> "mysteriously" be sabotaged. How ever will future archaeologist figure that
> Not everything makes sense to the engineer.