Archaeology and Restoring the Continuum
Often, archaeology, as a result of the modern cosmologies within which it operates, creates a narrative that disconnects the current human experience from the richness of our collective history. Ancestral people, like the Maya, are said to have “disappeared” and to have had little to no connection to civilizations of the past, let alone hold the keys for recognizing the developments they have brought to the planet that remain unseen. Disconnecting a people from their own history helps to create the conditions that enable their exploitation.
There is great value in understanding the narratives of our human history, even as told through archaeological or anthropological lenses. This shifting context of discovery can change the way we think about how we have arrived in the present moment, as well as the potential that we can realize in the future.
Our history is continuous, and the more we can realize this the greater our sense of purpose can be heading into the future. This article is a great example of the transformation that is possible, even within archaeological perspectives, that begin to recognize the unbroken connection between peoples and their ancestors. Although this example is specific to Indigenous people of the Americas, there are stories of our ancestral experience upon this planet being told around the world, and we can each recognize our place on a deeper continuum of life in this universe.