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“A” is for Archeology, Volume One

Almost overnight, archeology began to take shape, all through the power of the imagination

Dawn of a New Age

The Unlikely Birth of a Science

For most people, archeology is simply the study of a remote past, something which has no relevance to the way we live in the present; but archeology is much more than collecting artifacts from a long forgotten past.

Actually, the implications of this intriguing science have a continuing influence on our modern mentality. In fact, the power of the past to shape the present is something we’re all confronted with on a daily basis; it’s just not something we’re conscious of.

Fortunately, we in the West are the unexpected beneficiaries of the many remarkable discoveries, which archeology has brought to us in the last one hundred and fifty years. Ancient artifacts continue to shed new light on antiquated notions of our past. Manuscripts, which when translated, examined, and compared to other similar texts, provide startling, insight into some of the most remote periods of antiquity. Because science demands empirical evidence, archeology will provide the most formidable tool of apologetics.

History is filled with countless cultural details which reveal just how unique our Western civilization is. Now, more than ever, it is time to pick up our history books from off the shelf. It’s time we dust off these neglected works, and uncover the facts behind the artifacts.

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Until the mid-1800s, no serious scholar actually believed that the ancient Greek, Homer, was speaking of genuine, historical events when he described the infamous fall of Troy in his epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey. But in 1829, a seven year old boy by the name of Heinrich Schliemann received an illustrated book about the legendary city of Troy.

Years later, Schliemann would remember it as the turning point in his life. The images of the burning city of gold fueled his imagination from the first moment he laid eyes on them. Hardly a day would pass without his dreaming of uncovering the walls of Troy. He dedicated his entire life to this quest, amassing great wealth as a merchant. In 1870, he began excavating. Throughout a lifetime of bitter struggle, he never lost his child-like ability to see beyond the myths.1

Then, in 1876, after so many years of enterprise and effort, legend became history when Schliemann uncovered the ancient remains of the buried city. The gold of Troy, just as he had imagined as a young boy, once again, shined brightly in the light of day. Within months, the ancient Greek capital of Mycenae had given up the royal treasures of Agamemnon. Lord William Taylor declared, “he had discovered a new world for archeology, and a forgotten civilization was reborn.”2

Almost overnight, archeology began to take shape, all through the power of the imagination. “The most unscientific of archeologists,” said Robert Payne in The Gold of Troy, “Heinrich Schliemann founded the modern science of archeology.”3

More on the Role of Intuition in the Pursuit of Science

John Michell wrote in his book The View Over Atlantis: “As events move towards the pattern foreshadowed by prophecy, long awaited portents stir the primeval spirits from the depths of mythology. Certain predictable phenomena mark the beginning of each new cycle. Ignatius of Antioch, in the first century of the Christian era, described the surging spirit of the times that shattered tyrants and destroyed the power of the old magicians.”

Similarly, C.G. Jung wrote, in 1959, of “changes in the constellation of psychic dominants, of the archetypes or ‘gods,’ as they were called, which brought about or accompany, long lasting transformations of the collective psyche. Old secrets rise to the surface and dissolve into the consciousness of the human race to fertilize the seed of evolutionary growth. The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but through the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to a scientific truth.”

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Selected Biographies

Agamemnon (c. 1260 B.C.) King of Mycenae, Son of Atreus, Greek Commander in Trojan War Described in Homer’s Iliad.

Homer (c. 750 B.C.) Greek Author and Poet Wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey.

Heinrich Schliemann (1822 - 1890 A.D.) German archeologist As a pioneer of archeology, his work of uncovering the ancient cities of Troy and Mycenae lent credence to the belief that Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid refelected actual historical events.

Selected Glossary

Antiquity: belonging to, or surviving from, the ancient past.

Apologetics: the branch of theology which defends the Christian doctrine on the basis of reason.

Archeology: the science of antiquities; the study of prehistoric artifacts belonging to the ancient races of mankind.

Artifacts: objects, such as a tools, which indicate human workmanship or modification, as opposed to being natural objects.

Culture: the total pattern of human behavior and its products embodied in thought, speech, action, and artifacts; dependent upon mankind’s capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations through the use of tools, language, and systems of abstract thought.

Empirical: knowledge which is founded upon observation and practical experience.

Evidence: something that furnishes or tends to furnish proof; specifically, something legally submitted to a competent tribunal as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact.

History: a narrative devoted to the interdependence of unfolding events, which includes a philosophic explanation for the cause of such events.

Legend: story from the past told in mythological terms; folklore; also, person with special status as a result of possessing extraordinary qualities that are, usually, partly real and partly mythic.

Mythology: the collection of legends that embody a people’s beliefs concerning their origins, gods, and heroes.

Science: the systematized knowledge of any one department of mind or matter; acknowledged truths and laws, especially as demonstrated by induction, experiment, and observation.