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  1. Yes, wonderful things.
    when asked what he could see on first looking into the tomb of Tutankhamun, 26 November 1922; his notebook records the words as ‘Yes, it is wonderful’
    Howard Carter 1874–1939 English archaeologist: The Tomb of Tut-ankh-amen (1933)
  2. Every woman should marry an archaeologist because she grows increasingly attractive to him as she grows increasingly to resemble a ruin.
    Agatha Christie 1890–1976 English writer of detective fiction: Russell H. Fitzgibbon The Agatha Christie Companion (1980); attributed, perhaps apocryphal
  3. Field archaeology is an essentially English form of sport.
    O. G. S. Crawford 1886–1957 English archaeologist: Archaeology in the Field (1953) ch. 20
  4. A man who has once looked with the archaeological eye will never see quite normally. He will be wounded by what other men call trifles. It is possible to refine the sense of time until an old shoe in the bunch grass or a pile of nineteenth century beer bottles in an abandoned mining town tolls in one's head like a hall clock.
    Loren Eiseley 1907–77 American anthropologist, educator, and writer: The Night Country (1971)
  5. Every age has the Stonehenge it deserves—or desires.
    Jacquetta Hawkes 1910–96 English archaeologist and writer: in Antiquity no. 41, 1967
  6. I have gazed upon the face of Agamemnon.
    on discovering a gold mask at Mycenae, 1876; traditional version of his telegram to the minister at Athens: ‘This one is very like the picture which my imagination formed of Agamemnon long ago’
    Heinrich Schliemann 1822–90 German archaeologist: W. M. Calder and D. A. Traill Myth, Scandal, and History (1986)
  7. Dead archaeology is the driest dust that blows.
    Mortimer Wheeler 1890–1976 British archaeologist: Glyn Daniel A Short History of Archaeology (1981)