The Truth Can Not Be Denied

940 WordsOct 26, 20154 Pages
Historians are faced with the challenge of working with the small amount of historical evidence that they have. Between primary and secondary sources, indecipherable languages, damaged artifacts, and biased accounts of history, they have quite the task in front of them. The state of the evidence we have to learn from allows us an interesting look into peoples thoughts, feelings and experiences, but also forces us to interpret to the best of our ability, and make educated guesses on what life was like in ancient times. One of the most challenging aspects of the evidence there is to work with is the condition of the historical documentation. The benefit of looking at artifacts as historical evidence is that the truth cannot be denied. Written history will always have the possibility of tainted viewpoints, where as artifacts are proof of what life was. The disadvantage of using material culture as historical evidence is that historians must put together and decode broken up clay, stone, wood, and papyrus artifacts. Often times large chunks are missing like in “The Epic of Gilgamesh”. Parts of the story are unknown which forces us to interpret, possibly leading us to false conclusions. Also some languages are indecipherable or do not translate directly to english. Linear A, the main language of the Minoan civilization, is still indecipherable today. Imagine all we could learn if we could unravel the mysterious vernacular. Educated guessing is an important skill one must have if

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