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Archaeology the study of the ancient Bahn 1999 The study of prehistoric and historic civilizations as seen through what they have left behind in our earth both the tangible and the intangible artifacts settlements monuments rubbish dumps cultural behaviorisms religions legacies and other remains This definition alone already shows the bringing together and intertwining of archaeology history and anthropology in order to piece together the scattered pieces of our past hidden in our earth It is the fact that we - the peoples of the today - are a result of the past that gives our back looking curiositie as the great archaeologist William Camden defines it Bahn 2000 However that definition alone is not enough to show how these three areas of discovery are related In order to do this we must first look at what each discipline entails then looked at the interrelations between them Back looking curiositie would also be a good definition of the word history Coming from the Greek word historia literally meaning inquiry one may conclude that history is an inquiry into mans past sparked off by curiosity This inquiry may be carried out through many means amongst them written history oral history and superstition In fact the Oxford Dictionary defines history as continuous methodical record of public events Yet these alone will not provide us with a chronologically clear picture of our past that we all yearn for as writing only came about in the 8th century BC oral history is rare and flaky due to bias and the word superstition speaks for itself Surely our curiosity wills us further back in time than that This is where prehistory comes in that is the time in our past before writing came about which we would not even be aware of had archaeology not existed Although archaeology started out as a mere hobby an expensive one too a scramble for curiosities Bahn 1999 taken up by the eccentric and
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