I am not an archaeology major, nor do I know much about archaeology in general. I took this class as an elective, but with some interest. When I think of the word “archaeology,” I think of digging and uncovering old bones. I used to collect rocks and that is about the extent of where I thought I could relate to archaeology. I know there is a lot of different opinions about what archaeology is, but I am excited to learn more about the truth of archaeology and because we are human, we should know about the things that make us who we are today.
After experiencing a little truth about what archaeology really is, I got excited. I like the connection between anthropology and archaeology. I previously took an anthropology class that connected other cultures to our own and it gave advice on how to navigate our country from an outside perspective. I really enjoyed the class, so when I heard about the correlation between anthropology and archaeology, I was more intrigued.
I have never really been the type of person to really care about things from the past. I was one of those ignorant people that would say “well why do we need to know about the past, it already happened.” Over time I have realized that it is important to know the past, it is what shaped the present and what will enhance the future. I am still one of those people who are busy trying to uncover our own culture and do not really have much time to explore other countries, but I think this class is going to help broaden my knowledge of other countries and the historical events that have helped make our world the way it is.
I think people, well now I know, people have this idea that archaeology is just a boring study of old dusty bones and ugly rocks. I mean just the name archaeology sounds a little boring and slightly dated. I don’t think this is necessarily wrong, but I think the fascinating part of archaeology comes in learning that it is truly a science. The exciting part is uncovering the mysteries that lie beneath the surface, literally.
Taking the scientific aspect of archaeology and the many cultural variances described by anthropology; I believe that archaeology is truly unique in that there is so much to learn, further beyond what anyone could ever know. I am officially curious and intrigued to learn about what this class has in store for me.