"I guess we’ll put this with the other arks." — the movie version
6 Things Movies Don’t Show You About Being an Archeologist

#6. Digging Is Just the Vacation; the Real Work Sucks
When I went out on my first dig, I expected to see large walls and paved streets covered in vines and angry natives — you know, the way ruins are depicted in books and movies. It’s always something clearly identifiable as an ancient city or temple or orgy cave (depending on your taste in fiction). But then you arrive at an excavation and it’s all in tiny bits and pieces, and you realize that most archaeology is making educated guesses about what used to be there based on the scant wreckage you’ve found. It’s like putting together an enormous puzzle after your dog chewed the box with the picture to shreds and somebody stole half the pieces.

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"I guess we’ll put this with the other arks." — the movie version

6 Things Movies Don’t Show You About Being an Archeologist

#6. Digging Is Just the Vacation; the Real Work Sucks

When I went out on my first dig, I expected to see large walls and paved streets covered in vines and angry natives — you know, the way ruins are depicted in books and movies. It’s always something clearly identifiable as an ancient city or temple or orgy cave (depending on your taste in fiction). But then you arrive at an excavation and it’s all in tiny bits and pieces, and you realize that most archaeology is making educated guesses about what used to be there based on the scant wreckage you’ve found. It’s like putting together an enormous puzzle after your dog chewed the box with the picture to shreds and somebody stole half the pieces.

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