Digging a hole
First published Jun 23 2011 11:55PM
To an archaeologist, context is everything.
In order to determine the meaning, use or origin of an ancient artifact, the key is to know where it was found, how far below the surface and in the company of what other tools, religious objects or simple trash. It can be long and laborious work.
Puzzling out the real reason why the state archaeologist and his two assistants were fired Tuesday, supposedly for budget reasons alone, is also a matter of setting the event in context. But it doesn’t take a lot of digging to see that the lamentable action had very little to do with payroll and everything to do with payback.