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Trajan's Forum excavations

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Churchill Junior High School (
Sun, 2 May 1999 15:50:16 -0500

As archeology has developed over the last 150 years there has been a
series of attitudes toward excavation. The earliest "digs" were often done
by people who were essentially treasure seekers with little interest in or
awareness of the knowledge to be gained by slow, careful, and limited
peeling back of coverings. As the field became more academic, and
therefore? more scientific, excavators proceeded more slowly and carefully
and much invaluable work was done - although the increase in knowledge was
occasionally limited or retarded by the problem all fields have with the
"expert mind" "In the beginner's mind are many possibilities; in the
expert's mind are few" Chinese. The unwillingness to
acknowledge the arrival far earlier and from more than one direction of the
earliest human inhabitants of North America which has plagued domestic
archeology a good case in point. Today the attitude toward excavation sems
to be that no one team - indeed no one generation should excavate all of
any site for fear of damaging or destroying evidence we can't read yet, but
trust that future generations may. How vast is this Roman project?