Archaeology is the study of past cultures through the
discovery and examination of remaining artifacts and remains of things used by people.
Archaeology is one of the main fields of anthropology
since it offers the only method for studying lost and forgotten cultures.
Archaeological study can uncover information about the beliefs, social structure,
economic organization and environmental effects of past societies.
Modern archaeologists have enhanced the accuracy of their
work with scientific techniques of carbon dating of artifacts and the use of DNA analysis.
"Archaeology is concerned with the full range of
past human experience - how people organized themselves into social groups and exploited
their surroundings: what they ate, made and believed; how they communicated and why their
societies changed" - Renfrew and Bahn
"The trend of all knowledge at the present is to
specialize, but archaeology has in it all the qualities that call for the wide view of the
human race, of its growth from the savage to the civilized, which is seen in all stages of
social and religious development." - Margaret Murray
"Archaeology is the study of humanity itself, and
unless that attitude towards the subject is kept in mind archaeology will be overwhelmed
by impossible theories or a welter of flint chips." - Margaret Murray
"For me archaeology is not a source of illustrations for written texts, but an
independent source of historical information, with no less value and importance, sometimes
more importance, that the written sources." - Michael I. Rostovtzeff
"The artefacts recovered by archaeology tell us not merely how our forebears adapted
to and modified their environments but how they learnt to shape their behaviour to accord
with cultural values rather than merely with biological imperatives." - John G. D.
"Archaeology is not only the hand maid of history, it is also the conservator of art.
" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
"In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known. - Thomas
Pickering - US diplomat
"Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth. If
it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall."
Indiana Jones, in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences. It is the sandbox of men who care
not where they are going; they merely want to know where everyone else has been. -
"An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the
more interested he is in her." - Christie, Agatha
"As a writer, one is busy with archaeology." - Michael Ondaatje
Archaeology and Sociology (BA) - UCAS Code: LV34 BA/AS - Cardiff Univ -
This Joint Honours degree programme enables you to combine the study of Archaeology with
Sociology. A Joint Honours degree is equal in status to a Single Honours degree, although
the time spent on each subject is effectively halved. For further information on the
content of this degree course, please see the individual subject areas.