quote by Robert Ballard

The greatest discoveries all start with the question "Why?"

— Robert Ballard

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Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.

The field of vision is comparable, for me, to the terrain of an archaeological dig. To see is to be on guard, to wait for what emerges from the background, without any name, without any particular interest: what was silent will speak, what is closed will open and will take on a voice.

Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences.

It is the sandbox of men who care not where they are going; they merely want to know where everyone else has been.

The trend of all knowledge at the present is to specialize, but archaeology has in it all the qualities that call for the wide view of the human race, of its growth from the savage to the civilized, which is seen in all stages of social and religious development.

It's very important to reveal the mystery of the pyramid.

Science in archaeology is very important. People all over the world are waiting to solve this mystery.

As a writer, one is busy with archaeology.

I'm not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.

I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in the future enable archaeology to throw far more light on the history of American culture than it has done in the past.

Archaeology is not a science, it's a vendetta.

Archaeology is not only the hand maid of history, it is also the conservator of art.

We must learn, and we are gradually learning, how to write history with the help of archaeology.

My fiction is reviewed by the mainstream press, by science fiction periodicals, romance magazines, small press publications and various other journals, including some usually devoted to archaeological and other science material.

There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition.

American archaeology has always attracted lots of amateurs .

.. They were digging up Indian pottery all over the place.

The limitations of archaeology are galling.

It collects phenomena, but hardly ever can isolate them so as to interpret scientifically; it can frame any number of hypotheses, but rarely, if ever, scientifically prove.

History may be accurate. But archaeology is precise.

I teach myself archaeology, I teach myself Spanish, and that's because it can be fun, it can be useful. So I keep studying. I read books because I still want to study. I don't want to stop.

In a simple direct sense, archaeology is a science that must be lived, must be "seasoned with humanity." Dead archaeology is the driest dust that blows.

A man who has once looked with the archaeological eye will never see quite normally. He will be wounded by what other men call trifles. It is possible to refine the sense of time until an old shoe in the bunch grass or a pile of nineteenth century beer bottles in an abandoned mining town tolls in one's head like a hall clock.

Many of those who scoff at the trustworthiness of the Bible do so completely overlooking the fact that thousands of archaeological discoveries have affirmed the historical reliability of the Bible.

Archaeology is the only branch of Anthropology where we kill our informants in the process of studying them.

Tedious as it may appear to some to dwell on the discovery of odds and ends that have, no doubt, been thrown away by the owner as rubbish ... yet it is by the study of such trivial details that Archaeology is mainly dependent for determining the date of earthworks. ... Next to coins fragments of pottery afford the most reliable of all evidence.

Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man's greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked.

We are opening up an enormous new era in archaeology. Time capsules in the deep oceans.

Archaeology is the study of humanity itself, and unless that attitude towards the subject is kept in mind archaeology will be overwhelmed by impossible theories or a welter of flint chips.

Many years ago, when I was once saying sadly to Max it was a pity I couldn't have taken up archaeology when I was a girl, so as to be more knowledgeable on the subject, he said, 'Don't you realize that at this moment you know more about prehistoric pottery than any woman in England?'

We are opening up an enormous new era in archaeology. Time capsules in the deep oceans.

You know, many people believe that we archaeologists are just a collection of old fogies digging around in the ruins after old dried up skulls and bones.

I've been accepted at Cambridge University.

I want to study Chinese history and archaeology. I want to become a student. I want to read Chinese history and go on a dig.

Archaeology is the anthropology of the past, and science fiction is the anthropology of the future.

We are thrown back on the text, for the most part.

Archaeology can give us background. It doesn't either confirm or disprove the Bible, but it may illuminate it.

Dead archaeology is the driest dust that blows.

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