In yesterday’s lecture, there was one thing that really struck me. Though it was a very short mention, the History Channel program Ancient Aliens was brought up. Now, I’m not really one to believe in all of that and start preaching that aliens jump-started human progression, but I do have to admit that I’ve watched the show plenty of times – maybe even more than I’m proud of. The one thing about the show that always really strikes me is how truly believable they make it sound, and the expertise portrayed by the people speaking. Finally, I can understand how they make themselves sound so knowing of these ancient people.
Archaeologists are people who study things left behind by ancient cultures and try to deduce clues about the people of that time from the objects that they find. They’re interested in the culture of the people, not the objects themselves. They’re scientists, and as everyone knows, there are always a few scientists with crackpot theories. That’s exactly what clicked for me when Ancient Aliens was brought up in class yesterday.
So I rushed home at 9:50 and re-watched an episode of the show that I’d seen a few times before. Just as I thought, a large amount of the people speaking who weren’t labeled as “Ancient Aliens Experts” were in the archaeology field! In this specific episode, artifacts had been found in Egypt that were smaller scale models of planes similar to those that we use today, and entirely capable of flight if built on a larger scale. There were plenty of researchers (archaeologists) that had been studying these objects for years, working tirelessly to tie them to aliens that must have helped the ancient Egyptians construct full-size airplanes, or even spaceships.
While I was watching this episode, it dawned on me that even through this strange show on the History Channel, archaeology had been sneaking its way into my life long before I enrolled in ANP 203. Without my realizing, archaeologists have been showing me their value in society… even if they may not have conventional views about the things that they discover.