I’m having a very bad melt down kind of day.
History may be accurate, but archaeology is precise.Doug Scott (via archaeologychannel)
Hmmm, I’m not sure I would call history accurate. That is why in archaeology we often use the verb “ground-truthing”. Maybe not a report worthy word, but it gets thrown around quite a bit at my job. You find some bit of history like the location of a tannery, well, then you ground-truth it. Because the truth will be in the soil. Well, we hope it is. Whole locations of things such as a battle have been misidentified in History and accurately located with archaeology. History is written from a perspective and often a bias. On the other hand, archaeology reports, theses, and studies also have a bias. Sometimes there can be no real question of interpretation, for other things, eh…. I read a lot of stuff that I want to call BS on. History is fallible because humans are fallible. Maybe that’s just the skeptic in me, but it’s also part of why I love archaeology. It is a jigsaw puzzle, an investigation with a lot missing pieces. Archaeology is a mix of humanities and science. Sherlock Holmes would make an awesome archaeologist. Damn.