Een ode aan de studie naar het verleden
An ode to archaeology. In the studies Archaeology and History at the University of Groningen, students are often asked to critically reflect on their studies. Why are we doing what we are doing and, especially, why should we get paid? This focus is understandable in our society that is focused on economic growth, resulting in little value being assigned to the humanities. However, because of this focus, we sometimes tend to forget why we are passionate about studying the past. In this article, I bring an ode to the study of the past to counter this. I believe the study of the past can bring a perspective to the present, makes it possible to imagine a future and can nuance the constant focus on linear progress. Furthermore, the people who have access to their past should be thankful for it, since this access is not a given for everyone.