Archaeology : Modern Infrastructure Projects Threatening Archeological Sites

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At first glance, the study of archaeology may be perceived as the study of ancient artifacts, discovering tombs, or even just treasure hunting. However, archaeology has very large impacts in the world today. Firstly, archaeology is vastly important because it is very relevant to how we understand human history today. The study of archeology is not just important because it contributes to museums and writes history books. Without the work, projects, and excavations conducted by archeologists, we would not have the valuable understanding of past humans and their interactions with the objects, society, and world around them. In addition, many archaeological sites are in developing countries, which could have very positive economic impacts if valuables are found. However, even though there are various constructive aspects of the work and study of archaeology today, there are many controversial arguments about what is to be done with archaeological finds; as well as modern infrastructure projects threatening archeological sites. For several decades now, many museums and archeologists have had feuds on epic archaeological discoveries and how they were collected. The most famous example of this would be the controversy surrounding the Elgin Marbles. Excavated and collected by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon in Athens, the Elgin Marbles are a collection of stone sculptures, inscriptions, and ancient Greek architectural features. The sculptures were excavated from the Parthenon.

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