Is Archaeology a Science?

Jan 2015
2,747
MD, USA
#21
What happened to "we don't know?"
Cuz holding up the construction of a major highway for 6 months and spending ALL THAT MONEY (doesn't matter whose) to fiddle in the dirt, and then telling the public you don't KNOW what you found, is career suicide. And your colleagues will cheer your demise because they'll have a better chance at the funding next time. And they'll be SURE they come up with a more tantallizing and exciting analysis of their finds! And it won't matter a bit if they are right or completely wrong.

Matthew

PS: Geez, I'm a little cynical this morning, sorry! Well, all good truths are brutal...
PPS: The little tripod thingy is REALLY COOL! I might have to make one!
 

Otranto

Ad Honorem
May 2013
2,083
Netherlands
#22
Cuz holding up the construction of a major highway for 6 months and spending ALL THAT MONEY (doesn't matter whose) to fiddle in the dirt, and then telling the public you don't KNOW what you found, is career suicide. And your colleagues will cheer your demise because they'll have a better chance at the funding next time.
That pressure is a sad situation. They should be rewarded, not punished, for not presenting an opinion as fact (or almost fact) that is as likely to be wrong as right. "We don't know," "it seems to us" or "possibly" is much more helpful, inviting the input of other experts.
 

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