Heritage, Volume 11, Number 2, Spring 1993 Page: 27
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sudden uncovering of a delicate shell pendant
that can be worn with the same pride
today as it was 500 years ago. Or perhaps it
is a thumb-print impression on a pottery
sherd or marbles and broken china-doll
parts found buried in a root cellar. Those
discoveries not only tell us about the past,
they form an indelible link from age to age.
Do these sound like romantic notions? In
these instances romance and reality form
an impermeable bond.
And then there are the exotic, romantic
settings. Remember all that blowing sand
in Egypt? Well, Texas archaeology can
provide blowing sand, too, and heat and
cold and mud - especially if you have been
engaged in archaeology in the state during
the past year. Archaeologists are by their
very nature adventurers, and part of the fun
and challenge of the job is contending with
Indiana Jones did popularize a romantic
notion of a bigger-then-life adventurer
seeking fame and glory through discovery
of a long-lost object, but that's not real
archaeology; it's much more exciting and
satisfying than that. Through archaeology
TeXans neednot suffer
from an archaeological
because we don't have
pyramids and monumentaf
put it bluntly, objects
are not the point of
we experience vicariously the day-to-day
life of people who raised families, lived on
our beautiful land and in our fickle weather,
developed ingenious technologies to assist
their daily tasks, and created works of art as
an expression of their cultures.
Texans have inherited a priceless treasure,
an archaeological treasure that is not
limited to objects but which inspires reverence
for those people who have gone
before us. Indiana Jones hasn't come to
Texas, and frankly, he wouldn't find an
archaeological welcome mat rolled out
here. We in Texas have more than he ever
had, for we enjoy an enthusiastic partnership
of dedicated professionals and
avocationals for whom archaeology is
both real and romantic.
Brenda Whorton is the communications chair
of the Texas Archeological Society.
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