It’s Complicated, Starring Religion and Archaeology


Rose Eveleth writes for Aeon on the complicated relationship between religion and archaeology and how both have shaped how we tell the story of the world.

It’s impossible to do archaeology objectively. Even determining what constitutes a sacred object is difficult…. Which interpretation is picked often depends as much on the evidence as it does on the archaeologist’s own background.

Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at or @meanchelled. More from this author →