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By Joe Flatman

Archaeology is extra well known than ever. television and picture have made it look obtainable and intriguing, and the variety of budding amateurs is at the upward push, as is govt aid for archaeological tasks on an international scale. From cash and combs to battlefields and plantations, archaeologist Joe Flatman presents an incisive creation to the perform of archaeology. via comparative case stories he demonstrates how the archaeological approach unearths unforeseen truths in regards to the most recent phenomena. unexpectedly a landfill website can divulge extra approximately our ingesting conduct than we may well wish to admit, and airports turn into websites as exciting and complicated because the cities and villages they have been outfitted over. Flatman additionally trains his eye at the destiny and divulges how archaeology might help us expect — or even hinder — the crises which are dealing with us this present day.

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This fanciful, dummy creature, who has been very tenacious of existence in popular and semi-popular economic literature, and whose shadow haunts even the minds of competent anthropologists, blighting their outlook with a pre-conceived idea, is an imaginary, primitive man, or savage, prompted in all his actions by a rationalistic conception of self-interest, and achieving his aims directly and with the minimum of effort. Even one well established instance should show how preposterous is this assumption that man, and especially man on a low level of culture, should be actuated by pure economic motives of enlightened self-interest.

Thus, McCollum and Davis (1915:185) dismantled the notion that, in the living world, energy alone could promote growth when they wrote that: “…all of which make it evident that purified proteins, fats having the growth-promoting property, and salt mixtures of appropriate composition, cannot adequately supplement polished rice so as to produce a diet which will support growth”. In a case of bitter irony, then, McCollum and Davis (1915:192) argued that increasing attention to the non-energy producing accessory substances would lead to significant economic benefits through better health and nutrition.

This fanciful, dummy creature, who has been very tenacious of existence in popular and semi-popular economic literature, and whose shadow haunts even the minds of competent anthropologists, blighting their outlook with a pre-conceived idea, is an imaginary, primitive man, or savage, prompted in all his actions by a rationalistic conception of self-interest, and achieving his aims directly and with the minimum of effort. Even one well established instance should show how preposterous is this assumption that man, and especially man on a low level of culture, should be actuated by pure economic motives of enlightened self-interest.

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