Why symbols aren’t forever
Commentary by Jamie Hodgkins, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado Denver:
Archaeology is often assumed to be limited to the realm of the ancients. However, the point of archaeology is not to dig up static moments in time from long ago but to use material items to track the ebbs and flows of human culture: to show how things change, how values change. We build statues, then later deface or demolish them. We create symbols, then alter their meanings.
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