Archaeology – the science of once and future things

Folk U Radio: 101 Series. Archaeology: the science of once and future things and I am joined in the studio by our neighbour Dr. Brian Hayden, archeologist extraordinatire. Brian got his doctoral degree from the University of Toronto and taught  archaeology at Simon Fraser University for 40 years and is now a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia, fellow of the Royal Society of Canada: and, of course, a professor here at the esteemed Folk University.  His archeological and ethnoarchaeological research has taken him to Australia, Southeast Asia, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Ontario, and here to British Columbia. 

In Archaeology: The Science of Once and Future Things, Dr. Hayden discussed what archaeology is and what it isn’t and the important distinctions of context that separate it from antiquarianism. Archaeology as the study of trash and archeologists are able to decode this trash to understand the level of income inequality, education, and many other things about a culture. 

This broadcast was originally aired on Oct 7, 2020 and rebroadcast on Friday Jan 14.

Top photo credit: A dig in Villaricos (Murcia) by Capture the Uncapturable via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)