There have been many instances when archaeology has taken my breath away and left me feeling emotional but privileged to have the enthusiasm for a subject that can engender such feelings.
I remember queuing for hours to see the Staffordshire hoard when it was first displayed and my feelings on entering Emperor Diocletian’s palace at Split in Croatia or the Viking Ship museum in Oslo for example. It is however, smaller, more personal finds or sites that really transcend the centuries and put us within reach of our ancestors.
I have recently watched a lecture on youtube by Tom Higham on human origins which included the playing of a reconstruction of a bone flute from 40kya that had been discovered in a cave in Germany. This sound affected me greatly as the millennia gently faded away. I hope that archaeology continues to affect me in this way and current excavations at Must Farm among others are doing just that. Does archaeology affect you in this way?
Here is a shorter clip of the same flute: