Many people in modern society underappreciate archaeology. It is seen as something to be explored for fun, or simply because it is “interesting”.Satisfying your curiosity may be the only perceived benefit of exploring ancient archaeology for some people.
This lack of appreciation and understanding of archaeology, may serve to cause problems for humanity far down the line. This is especially related to dealing with issues that we as beings face today.
A after all, is simply history. History is the congregation of the experiences of mankind, where similar themes and happenings repeat in many shapes, forms and patters.
To learn from archaeology, and also history, can assist humanity in many ways. Of course we’ll be listing the 3 main ones below!
The first way that archaeology can help humanity, is through preservation of the past. Think about that for a second.
A few centuries into the future, when we’re all gone, what will happen is that we will be the subjects of archaeology. We will be the subjects of excavation attempts, and the desire of the far future generations will be to understand us, our mentalities, and our actions.
This means that future generations will be learning from our mistakes, the same way we are doing right now.Archaeology is something to be learned from, to help understand the struggles of past generations.
History has the awkward habit of constantly repeating itself. Humans live and die, civilizations and ideals rise and collapse, and life keeps going on.
When we preserve the past, we ensure that their mistakes are not repeated, or at the very least, the mistakes are fixed as fast as possible.
This leads us to the second advantage of archaeology, which is our improved understanding of human nature. Not only do we gain a deeper understanding of human beings biologically, but we also gain an understanding of human beings psychologically.
Psychology has a great degree of influence in the formation of civilisations and societies, and those of the past are no exception. Studying ancient cultures through archaeology, allows us to piece together history regarding how both individual and mass psychology operate.
Projecting the principles and laws that affected the past onto today’s problems, helps us gain a deeper understanding of those problems. This leads us to the third point, which is…
The ability to innovate in the areas of ideas and techniques to solve today’s issues. Our understanding of the axis of time related to human life, and the lessons we extract for them, allows us to create effective solutions to deal with today’s problems.
This comes through being aware of the cause-effect relationships, which have led to the results that humanity experience today.
The repeated cause and effect relationships that have caused disasters for civilizations and the rise of great ones alike, means that humanity can waste less time repeating past mistakes, and more time dealing with the challenges of the future.
It could be said that humanity’s understanding of the past, serves to pave the road for the future. After all, as the past continues to repeat itself, knowledge of the past helps us understand what’s really going on.
Without the past, we wouldn’t have a bright future to look forward to, would we?