Archaeology of a Disappearing Age

I like what I do. I really, really do. Even when the pressure becomes near unbearable. And there’s a lot of pressure in making sure that you don’t mess up your investigation of the past. An archaeologist’s data is often so subtle that inferring processes and change is incredibly difficult. Most archaeologists are overly conservative for this very reason. I’m all for avoiding mistakes, but sometimes that overly conservative way of interpreting data becomes an overly conservative way for thinking of ways in which archaeology can be applied. This is one of the reasons that I think archaeology is in danger of becoming simply a method and not a discipline. I’ll talk about that in a later post, but for now, I bring this up because it is often other people who step in to a vacancy that an archaeologist should have seen and stepped into ages ago.

Key the intro music to Pierre Folk’s amazing photographic study of urban decay. Of how material culture changes within a landscape and how that landscape and human culture changes because of the material culture. Archaeologists miss out on many amazing studies, partially because we are blind to them and partially because we can’t get funding, but luckily there are many others who can still hear the past echoing through abandoned tunnels, who can hear modern life giggling in the graffiti that cloaks these passageways like a colorful funeral veil. Anyways, you should check it out.



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