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Basic things in Archeology

Archaeology helps all of us understand who we are what is archaeology. Archaeology is understanding the past anything that happened the day before yesterday and going all the way back to the beginning of human history throughthe physical remains that people have left behind if I want to go aboutbecoming an archaeologist how do I dothat first of all try to go on anexcavation and find out whetherarchaeology is really for you the bestway to do this is if you are in theUnited States call the local HistoricalSociety or a nearby university and findan excavation in the vicinity there isno state in the country wherearchaeology isn't happening allarchaeology is good you don't have tospend a lot of money to travel far awaybut if you want to you can excavationsaround the world have X digs where theytake volunteers find excavations and seewhich take volunteers when they are inthe field how much it costs you don'tneed any experience to go and you can inmany cases even be a high school studentand be engaged in an excavation you canbe a retired person and engage in anexcavation I have had people from theages of 12 to 70 on my excavations andall have been great good luck I'mcurious why is archaeology important intoday's world and how is it relevant totoday the past isn't gone not to anybodythe past is part of our understanding ofwhere we stand in the world so there arepolitical groups religious groupscultural groups who want to use the pastand its material remainsto help them justify or identify orunderstand themselves better but mostlyarchaeology is still relevant toeverybody because anybody who has savedan item from their own past picked up atoken of a culture from long ago andheld it in their hands has connected inone fell swoop with the reality ofpeople who came before us and that powerstill counts inside us for so mucharcheology is the way we recover thoseremains we explain those remains and webring those remains to everybody so Iknow that near eastern archaeology andBiblical Archaeology are different I waswondering if you can sort of explainthose differences and maybe tell usabout any any the interaction betweenyour you're experiencing that academiaand maybe proponents of BiblicalArchaeology what that's been like tryingto navigate those defenses that's agreat question i have worked in israelsince 1973 but i'm not a biblicalarchaeologist i first came to israelfrom the worlds of classical archaeologystudying Greece and Rome this was aregion that was part of those worlds andit was only halfway through myexperiences in Israel that it reallybecame clear how many people who workhere study this region from a completelydifferent point of view the point ofview of the relationship of this regionwith the biblical stories that werewritten about this placepeople who are interested in BiblicalArchaeology are just as interested inarchaeology as Near Easternarchaeologists that is to say they'reinterested in the material remains butthey're interested for a differentreason the biblical stories are stillvery powerful and meaningful and it isthose stories that makes the materialremains matter to a biblicalarchaeologist they don't matter on theirown they matter because of how theyrelate to illustrate in form and forsome verify or refute the stories thatare still so powerful a Near Easternarchaeologist looks at the biblicalstories as a set of documents that werewritten in a certain time in place likekings lists and other sorts of writtenremains not as the reason to study aplace but as something that was producedin that place and for a Near Easternarchaeologists or a classicalarchaeologists like me it's the rhythmsthe pressures the changes of that placethrough history over time the collisionof cultures the evolution of society theintersection of different peoples andtheir politics that makes this placeworth studying so in your easterarchaeologists comes at it from adifferent point of view than a biblicalarchaeologist but both biblicalarchaeologists and Near Easternarchaeologists care about the past andthink that the material remains of thatpasthave something to tell usEnglish (auto-generated)AllFrom your searchScienceListenableRecently uploadedWatched

Ask An Archaeologist: Episode 1