Gil Hardwick wrote:
> Worse! You are going to find out even less about what happened over a
> millenium ago by typing questions to this mailing list, that's a fact.
Wrong! It is quite possible to find out what happened over a millenium
ago by typing questions to this list, as there are a lot of people on
this list which are quite knowledgeable about the data that exists about
that time and therefore are quite able to answer such questions. Of
course, you can also go to the next library and read a lot of books on
that same topic, and make your own picture from what you've read. But,
and this is a fact, answers that have a high probability to actually
describe what has happened can be found out by typing questions to this
mailing list! Only people ignorant and/or unwilling to bother themselves
with evidence from that times will question that!
> For that you need to take a shovel and go out there into the real world
> and dig, or alternatively study language structures dating from before
> then, or examine surviving artifacts and manuscripts, or make comparative > studies of societies in similar circumstances.
Nonsense! One can learn a lot from secondary literature, from scholarly
analyses, even from popular books! Of course it is better if you work
with the original evidence, as you get a more immediate approach to the
matter in question, but even for first hand analysis, secondary material
is used as comparanda by every serious scholar - as the material on its
own only rarely persents immediate answers to questions asked by the
> To that extent, I suggest you accompany Ray on one of his field trips.
A good idea, and I welcome anyone who wants to come over here to where I
work and take a look at what we are doing or even join me when I go out
for my next dig! If there are enough people that want to dig and don't
want to be paid for it (or even are willing to pay something for it) and
are willing to come over here at the same time, I can even organise a
special dig for that! Celtic settlement, Celtic graveyard, whatever you
> Do you get it yet, Sharon? Or are you to exhibit an even more profound
> inability to grasp the nature of human reality?
Sorry, Gil, but you obviously have failed to grasp even the very basics
of scholarly study, which are quite simple in fact. And you want us to
believe that you have grasped such complex a matter as the nature of
human reality? Don't make an even bigger fool out of yourself!
RAY - Mag.phil. Raimund KARL
Universität Wien, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
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