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Ten Years' Diggings in Lenape Land: 1901-1911 by Charles Conrad Abbott

Ten Years' Diggings in Lenape Land: 1901-1911 by Charles Conrad Abbott

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Ten Years' Diggings in Lenape Land: 1901-1911

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Excerpt from Ten Years' Diggings in Lenâpè Land: 1901-1911

As Well tie a man's hands behind his back and tell him to defend himself as to expect an archæologist to do justice to his subject if he be limited by the exactions of Time.

Archæology cannot recognize this arbitrary method of tabulating sequence of event. It bears the relation to the proper work of the science that child's play does to man's serious endeavor. To the everyday affairs of life and to history it is indispensable, because custom has established it as an aid to memory, but it is the most artificial of all artificialization; yet, such stress is laid upon its importance that most men would be hopeless if they did not know the day of the week or time o' day.

It is, therefore, when we enter the archæological field, like going from darkness into light, from a prison into freedom, from error into truth. Time here is a stranger in a strange land. It can make no demands but we may laugh at them. An archæologist is a free man. He has facts only as his companions, and his sole duty is to record their relationship.

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