An idea called Planet Archaeology

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Interdisciplinarity is what really drew me to archaeology.

Far from being the lonely work of adventurers, as commonly held, archaeological research brings together people from different disciplines and professional specializations.

The polymath archaeologists of old times have been replaced by teams of specialists.

Associated in an archaeological project, you will find geologists, geomorphologists, pedologists, geographers, chimists, physicists, biologists, computer scientists, anthopologists, linguists, epigraphers, economists, architects, structural engineers, pollens specialists, stone tools specialists, pottery specialists, pigments specialists, fauna specialists, and, occasionnally, craftpersons such as potters, stone masons, boatbuilders and so on.

Combining knowledge and lines of evidence from such a wide variety of fields allows archaeologists to think across boundaries and to draw a much more precise, much richer and more complex picture of the past.

Archaeology has come a long way since its first steps in the 19th century when it was more about collecting objects and finding treasures than understanding our past.

It has become a science in its own right.

In the last hundred years, the amount of knowledge and investigative capabilities have increased beyond imagination.

Despite all this scientific knowledge, a deluge of misinformation and pseudo-archaeology has submerged the internet in recent years.

Out of the desperation caused by the prevalence of pseudo-science, online and in the traditional medias, an idea was being born.

I wanted to make archaeology more accessible, to share the incredible knowledge accumulated by generations of scholars.

But above all I wanted to explain “how we know what we know”.

So I did what modern archaeologists do. I reached out to specialists and assembled a team.

I called this project “Planet Archaeology”.

Dr Patrice Bonnafoux

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