There is an obvious reason as to why
Europe is currently experiencing economic meltdown: there are no archaeologists in
to Greece , Ireland
to Portugal there is a total absence of circuit digging experience: an archaeo-political
deficit if you will. Not one European leader has ever got their knees muddy scrabbling around for Neolithic pottery nor had the joy of finding their ears full of 2,000 year-old wind-blown
'Why is this important?' I hear you all scream (well, in my imagination you are). Well, I'm glad you asked.
Prime Minister and the German Chancellor, when
discussing the economic crisis, the meltdown of the Euro and the necessity
(from their point of view) of maintaining and further enforcing severe
austerity measures, were quoted as saying: "when you're in a hole you have to stop
Absolutely, totally and emphatically no.
When you're in a hole you keep digging. You dig until you get to the geological natural, and then you dig some more elsewhere. You keep digging until your hands are raw and your mattock and shovel are worn down to stumps. You dig in the rain, sun, sleet, hail, snow and never stop. You dig as the bulldozers and mechanical diggers are revving up behind you and the site foreman is politely asking you to please finish examining the mosaic floor as he would very much like to smash it into oblivion. You dig and dig and dig and you never ever stop. Stopping is not an option.
Europe is in a mess.....it
needs better economic, social and political analogies. It needs, at the very least, an official metaphor checker with some experience of working in archaeology.