Science: Proving the Past

Archaeology once appeared to be the domain of science fictioneers. The digger merely seemed to exercise his imagination in reverse. Instead of forecasting the farout future, he re-created the long-lost past. From a few hunks of bones he built dinosaurs. In the ashes of ancient camp fires he saw the life story of extinct societies. He re-created primitive artifacts from the flimsiest shards. Today, says

British Digger Don Brothwell, he and his colleagues go even farther than that—but they guess even less. From aviation to atomic physics, from electronics to chemistry, a whole host...

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