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As several bloggers have mentioned, today is Day of Archaeology 2011. So go read the official Day of Archaeology blog, and go read some other archaeology blogs.
Go on. You know you want to!
Archaeology is one of the most provisional of all sciences; as one wit remarked, “Its greatest theories can be overturned by a spadeful of earth.”.
Is this a reflection on how difficult it is to overturn the stubbornly held theories of the biblical studies academy?
Or may be its a reflection on how easy it is for an armchair archaeolgist to take a quick trip over to Israel, turn over a spadeful of soil, tour around to see the sites, pat a few well known fellows on the back, come back to the old armchair and hey presto, I am an expert archaeologist.
the study of human society, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data that they have left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes (the archaeological record). Because archaeology employs a wide range of different procedures, it can be considered to be both a science and a humanity,and in the United States it is thought of as a branch of anthropology,although in Europe it is viewed as a separate discipline.