Oh the Humanities! National Endowment for the Humanities Funding for Archaeology

“Oh, the Humanities”

Doug's Archaeology

On Thursday, May 6, 1937 the Hindenburg, a German airship, exploded over New Jersey. Herbert Morrison’s eyewitness radio report has now become famous. Especially, his uttering of the phrase ‘Oh, the humanity!’ as the ship went down. While I am unease about making the comparison, as I don’t want to trivialize an event in which people lost their lives, the changing of  ‘Oh, the humanity!’ to ‘Oh, the Humanities’ is an apt description of the situation for funding archaeology through the humanities in the United States.

Hidenburgh burning. Image from wikimedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hindenburg_burning.jpg

Some of you reading this will be aware that in the US the Federal Government gives funding to the Humanities through the National Endowment for the Humanities. Though not usually labeled as a Humanities, Archaeology is usually considered a social science or just science, it is possible to get funding for Archaeology and Archaeology…

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