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Kent Flannery on Fun With Your Pants On

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Tony Robinson, Mick Aston and Guy de la Bédoyère, members of the time team in 2007

Tony Robinson, Mick Aston and Guy de la Bédoyère, members of the time team in 2007: nobody ever said "fun and archaeology" more than Mick Aston and the Time Team

Guy de la Bédoyère

After our talk this afternoon [said the Old Timer], I got to wondering about what archeology needed the most. I decided there probably isn't an urgent need for one more young person who makes a living editing other people's original ideas. And I decided we probably didn't need a lot more of our archeological flat tires recapped as philosophers. There seems to be enough around to handle the available work.

What I don't see enough of, son, is first-rate archaeology.

Now that's sad, because after all, archeology is fun. Hell, I don't break the soil periodically to 'reaffirm my status'. I do it because archeology is still the most fun you can have with your pants on.

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Kent V. Flannery. 1982. The golden Marshalltown. American Anthropologist 84:265-278.

One of hundreds of archaeology quotations in our collection.

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