Archeology {5} ~ Archeological Context

Archaeology provides more context to a given historical period. As already mentioned, the discovery of the Rosetta Stone allowed linguists to crack the secrets of the hieroglyphic language.

Other archaeological findings, such as the Terracotta Warriors of Qin Shi Huang allow us to understand the grandiose burial rituals of historical emperors.

Macchu Picchu was also rediscovered by American archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. This allowed historians to understand just how advanced and powerful the Incan civilization was in its mid-fifteen century zenith.

Less glamorous, or famous, archaeological discoveries allow us to understand how people lived, worshipped, traded, and died. Ultimately, this is the cornerstone of what history is.

The idea of re-discovering something that belonged to someone centuries ago provides a connection that it isn’t always possible to get from studying history books.

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