Originally posted by NavyDoc
LOL. You are quite right. My wife has a doctorate in anthropology and she has said frequently that when they say "ritual purposes" for an artifiact, translate that as "we don't know what the heck it was for."
Reminds me of this:
Yeah the good old Motel of Mysteries, one of my favourites. I use to put that on the 101 suggested reading list. It had some great humour and warned about trying to shoehorn everything into 'religion'.
However sometimes an artifact IS for ritual purposes, the trick is know which is which