Archaeology and Contemporary Culture

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Search for India’s ancient city:

Drs Shajan and Selvakumar now meet locals on a regular basis as they continue their work, with some older people in particular remembering picking up glass beads and pottery after heavy rains.

It does seem to be standard practise these days but it’s still an interesting part of contemporary archaeological methods, especially as it has to do with historical archaeology, and not “prehistoric” archaeology as is more common in the anthropological tradition.
The story also serves as a reminder about the ancient network between Greece (thanks to my namesake, apparently), Rome, and India. William Jones, anyone?

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