Re: Yuri's Reluctance

Paul E. Pettennude (
25 Jan 1997 15:34:29 GMT


Good call.


August Matthusen <> wrote in article
> Yuri Kuchinsky wrote:
> [snip]
> > OTOH, if those invitations were made only to point out to me that I'm
> > lacking in first-hand experience in archaeological fieldwork, I had no
> > reason to reply to them.
> Why would you even think that? You offered several comments
> suggesting a severe lack of knowledge about field methodology.
> People quite generously offered to allow you to learn about field
> methods, first hand.
> > I never claimed to be a professional
> > archaeologist. My main fields of study are ancient history, the history
> > religions and cultures, and historical anthropology, among some others.
> The last time I took course work in archaeology, it was
> part of the Anthropology department. Cultural anthropology,
> historical anthropology, and comparative religions were required
> courses for a degree. It would appear that many archaeologists
> have been schooled in and are knowledgeable about these subjects,
> among some others.
> > If some of our archaeologists don't need any insights that can be
> > from the study of these disciplines, this will only point to their
> > shortsightedness.
> From the logic (?) in this paragraph, can we also presume
> that the analogous case is true and that if Yuri doesn't
> need any insights which can be gained from the study of
> the disciplines of archaeology and fieldwork methodology,
> this will only point to Yuri's shortsightedness? Or is
> such myopia strictly relegated to the domain of others?
> Regards,
> August Matthusen