How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?

Courtesy of Nava Panitz-Cohen, through the services of Ann Killebrew, here is an “archaeological joke”:

How Many Archaeologists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? 

— It would take one, but no one has been able to find or get into that room since 1933. 
Are you kidding?! Why would we let them do that?! The broken bulb is a national treasure, pointing to our rich, rich history and culture. No, we would rather build a shrine there, and charge admission to see the ‘ancient luminosity device’…hmmm, maybe we could even sell little figurines…


Actually they are afraid to do it…they think that if they remove the top layer bulb, that they will disturb the (presumed) earlier bulbs that are screwed in beneath the one that is currently showing…


Only one, but it will take years and years of initial site study…we have to first correlate all the surrounding furniture and domestic devices, and then decide whether the anthropological theory about the bulb being a cultic object (based on its central location in the room, its being up out of reach–symbolizing transcendence, and its obviously sun-like shape) is a correct socio-economic understanding…


All of them. One to change the bulb, and the rest of them to weep about what Thiering, Allegro, Baigent and Leigh will write about it…


No amount of them can do it, but for an underground antiquities dealer it only takes 5 minutes…


501. One to take the old bulb out, and 500 to proclaim that it confirms the biblical record…


501. One to take the old bulb out, and 500 to proclaim that it dis-confirms the biblical record…

— Well, actually, it only takes a couple to remove the old bulb, but then they get so involved in studying the old bulb (especially in trying to correlate its appearance with all other burned-out bulbs within a 1000 km radius), that they never get around to putting the new bulb in…

Aren

2 thoughts on “How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?

  1. First they have to ask permission from the Antiquities Authority & explain why they have not yet published their previous bulb-change. To avoid vilification, they also need to submit a line drawing & color photo of the bulb to BAR magazine.

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