Originally posted by poet1b
If you ask me, it there is any reason why the PTB would want to hide the truth about ancient civilizations, this would be the reason.
Actually, they can't.
There are enough archaeologists out there who come from many backgrounds (a number of Native Americans, for example) who would completely ignore any
attempt at a coverup.
Digs are HUGE enterprises (she says, having been a part of one for the past several months.) There is no way you can just walk in, remove everything
in a week and sneak off with it to some covert lab in the remote areas of a well secured military base (unless, of course, you're doing it wrong and
don't mind destroying the evidence of what you're looking for.)
In addition to the lead and the crew chiefs, you will also have up to 300 people working a site in shifts (at the field schools, we get up to 800
people working on one site.) It's not just "some guy and his buddies."
Material has to be dealt with at the site (sometimes it's treated with glues while it is in the ground (if we think it's going to fall apart the
minute we lift it), and it has to be transported to a facility to be prepped, cleaned, and analyzed and then tagged and documented and moved to
storage. The people who do prepping and analysis are not the same people in the field doing the dig. The storage and archival folks aren't the same
ones who dig it up and who clean and prep it.
So, for any find, you could have as many as 500 people involved in some phase of it. These folks aren't stupid -- if you're involved in the dig at
all, then you're someone to whom a bone isn't "just another bone". You look at the material with educated eyes and quickly learn to tell rock
from (say) crocodile scutes.
Furthermore, people involved in these digs like to talk to others about them.
I was involved in a dig where we did have some secrecy issues -- the Arlington crocodile, where we had treasure hunters invading the site on a nightly
basis, trying to get our bones before we got them. We did an intense dig for one week (day and evening) with up to 100 people in rotating shifts and
managed to get that one skeleton (25 square foot area) cleaned and out of the ground before the treasure hunters got to it.
But everyone knew about it (including the treasure hunters) and the university where it went to be prepped knew all about it, as did the students in a
dozen classes and all of us shovel bums.
Heck, I even blogged about it and tweeted about it. Others did, too.
So these things really can't be kept a secret.