Friday, July 16, 2010

archaeology at the world trade center site

Reuters reports more discoveries at the World Trade Center site. The news focus is on the remains of the hull of an eighteenth century ship, probably used as landfill at the site. However, one of the archaeologists working there, Michael Pappalardo of AKRF, told reporters that 'the discovery was indeed a good find, but added "we've found bottles and dishes, and that's exciting too."' (Reuters).
Picture from NY Times City Room blog

This struck me as emblematic of archaeology's difficulties in getting our subject across to the public - we find these wonderful bottles and dishes that tell us all sorts of interesting things about past lifeways, but the media only want to hear about the big boat...


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