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European Tribune - The Bosnian Pyramids
To quote Orwell, "He who controls the past, controls the future, and he who controls the present, controls the past."

And archeology is often political. I would say more so then history, mostly because of the greater degree of interpretation needed when dealing with remains instead of written sources. This is obvious in contested areas - can the Bibles version of ancient Israel be proven, is Lucy an ur-Ethiopian or an ur-Eritrean? But even in more boring circumstances politics affects the large degree of interpretation - the center of ancient Sweden is a recurring point of debate.

So color me unsurprised that the new and struggling Bosnian state is willing to pour resources into proving a grand past.

My path of interpretation is that if you can not find artifacts that with a pretty high degree of certainty is human-made, you get more right then wrong by treating what you find as works of nature.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Aug 27th, 2012 at 02:23:36 PM EST

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