Billie Silvey
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An eclectic website about Women, Christianity, History,
Culture  and the Arts--and anything else that comes to mind.
Indiana Jones
Women Archeologists
The earth is a vast timeline.  We see it displayed at the
Grand Canyon, where the Colorado River has cut through
layers of sediment reaching back in time.  We see it in
Mexico City and Rome, where construction of a newer city
has unearthed layers of older ones.  And we see it at Playa
Vista, between my house and work, where construction
was halted as the remains of an ancient Indian burial ground
were blessed and reburied.  To dig is to go back in time.

Archeology is the science that reconstructs earlier human
cultures by studying the debris of these cultures--sort of like
digging through the garbage of earlier civilizations to try to
understand them.  It’s as if ancient civilizations
unknowingly buried time capsules to be opened and
interpreted by later ones.
Archeologists began in the 19th century to open these time
capsules--which may include fossils, buildings, tools,
pottery, jewelry--to determine how the people lived.  They
may physically dig them up or dive down to locate them in
the sea. They may study them electronically, probing with x-
rays or sonar.  But however they discover them, they
document, analyze and interpret their finds, publicizing them
so they can become a part of the international scientific
discussion about human life on this earth.

Recognizing that more recent discoveries generally lie in
layers on top of earlier ones, they will plot where each find
was located, laying a grid and carefully observing and
recording the exact location of each item and the
relationships among them.

In this month's website, we'll look at various
sites and finds
around the world, meet
three women in archeology; and
consider the popularization of archeology and religion,
together with its distortion, through movies like
Indiana
Jones.

If any of these aspects are of interest to you, please contact
me at
b.silvey@sbcglobal.net and share your thoughts and
stories.