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.
Kent V. Flannery. 1982. The golden Marshalltown. American Anthropologist 84:265-278.
One of hundreds of archaeology quotations in our collection.