grim sad tale
Sun Aug 13 18:07:21 CEST 2006
I will try to introduce my personal point of view related with
Vittorio's last post where he pointed out how the archaeological
community may appear divided in two groups: the A team (supposedly well
prepared on digital techniques etc) and the B team (traditional
archaeologists). By the way, this is at this point a traditional
classification accepted by the entire archaeological community.
I do agree with you Vittorio that many people in the A team think people
from the B team as "paleo" users and other stuff either. But the fact is
that this traditional classification doesn't have to much sense to me.
Why? As once Karl Popper wrote, there are only problems and the urge to
And so what? What's the point?
Well, let's put things this way. There are archaeological problems that
can be solved with traditional means. I mean without the use of a
computer. In addition to these there are some problems that can be
solved necessarily with the aid of a computers. Therefore the use of the
computer represents an essential condition.
My point is that in the A as well as in B team there are plenty of
archaeologists that do not have scientific problems to solve. Therefore
assertions of the kind "you are a *#%$= because you USE the computers"
or "and you are a ?&%%$& because you DON'T use computer" take place.
Pretty funny isn't it? They simply don't get the sense of the whole
At the same time we have to deal with a BIG misunderstanding here. The
fact that computers are some sort of advanced technological techniques
that differ from a traditional approach. Any one who knows what a
computer is (in the Jacquard loom sense) knows well that there is
nothing more scientifically sticked to tradition than computer sciences.
The sad part of the story is this. There is plenty of people in the A
team that doesn't have a damned clue of what computers are.
I know archaeologists (team A of course) that spent most part of their
life in front of a computer thinking that his/her computer is some sort
of miraculous, paranormal machine. We may call them the Z team. The Z
stands for zombies.
If a computer can help you it is because you have full consciousness of
what your scientific problems are.
There is no real boundary between tradition and technological approach.
There is instead a ...
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