A Narrow View

I feel like most people don’t realize how broad of a field archaeology is.  Everybody thinks of excavating ancient sites and trying to understand cultures that haven’t existed for many hundreds or thousands of years. There’s a lot of that, but there’s a lot more.  Medieval churches, Renaissance cemeteries, Colonial forts, even World War battlefields all fall under the archaeologist’s efforts to understand the past through physical evidence.  There are ongoing excavations at a former slave townsite in Illinois, a 17th-century castle in Ireland, and a synagogue in Poland that was looted by Nazis.  I’ve had people tell me that everything’s already been discovered.  They’re wrong.


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