A New Dimension to Our Existence

1 Oct

I recently came across an inspirational old quote from Egyptologist Flinders Petrie:

“The man who knows and dwells in history adds a new dimension to his existence…He lives in all time; the ages are his, all live alike to him” (Methods & Aims in Archaeology, 1904).

In just a few words, Petrie eloquently expresses what I love most about archaeology: it allows us to take a step outside of our own time and imagine life in different times and places and, in doing so, add a new dimension to our existence.

Do you have a favorite anthropology-related quote?  If so, please share it in the comments.

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2 Responses to “A New Dimension to Our Existence”

  1. Brigitte Jordan 10/18/2012 at 12:50 pm #

    My definitely favorite quote is from Margaret Mead: “Unanalyzed data are worse than no data.” She said that when she spoke at the anthro department what was then the California State University at Sacramento. I don’t recall verbatim what she said after that but I do remember that the gist of it was that the boxes and boxes of unanalyzed notebooks and photographs are only something we carry around from place to place, with a bad conscience and evermounting guilt.

    • Brigitte Jordan 10/18/2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Well, while you are moderating, here is my second most favorite comment. It is from a sweatshirt at a meeting of the American Statistical Association some years ago:

      “In good we trust. All others need data.”

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