> I think that's kind of an absurd example, myself.
> The gas chamber, not your Victorian reference.
Perhaps, but I also use the example of how a modern nuclear power plant might be viewed if discovered in the rubble many millennia from now after a global catastrophe and when nuclear power had been abandoned millennia earlier in favor of simpler and cleaner renewable resources. The radioactivity might have dissipated by then, any metal parts and other original equipment would have been pilfered long ago for use in the kitchen, farms, etc., the remains of the massive plumbing might be viewed as ancient funerary passages, irrigation/water supply, waste removal, etc. The cooling towers might be considered market places or areas for town meetings and other public gatherings, especially if intervening cultures built their own structures within the walls of those towers. The location of the entire complex being near a large dried up ancient river bed could be an indication of the active trade that was conducted by the thriving culture.
It's not much of a stretch to make the point that it's very difficult to prevent an ancient context from being contaminated by a modern context. Even Darwinism has been accused of incorporating scientific racism of the day. It's why historical accounts can't definitively determine true provenance and why detailed objective analysis of the physical evidence by multiple cognate fields is critical to minimizing such interpretive bias.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11-Feb-16 19:24 by Origyptian.