The long (very long) view of history

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There are two kinds of historians, Brian Fagan explained in a recent interview with The Long Now Foundation: parachutists and truffle hunters.

Parachutists command an overview of the landscape, while truffle hunters dig deeply to uncover marvelous treasures. Fagan is a parachutist.

And in the world of archaeology, he is also a controversial figure.

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His belief that archaeology should confine itself to material facts has angered some others who feel Fagan’s method dodges more interesting fields of inquiry unlocked by less traditional archaeologists.

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