On modern archeologists, the German film director Werner Herzog told Archeology magazine, “It's quite extraordinary what they are doing now.How they have new, almost forensic-like science to collect pollen and understand the vegetation.
Pitted tooth enamel is an indicator or starvation and malnutrition.
And all of a sudden it makes clear things like the flute, the flute from Hohle Fels Cave [in Germany], which is mammoth ivory, and the tiny fragments that were not understood for decades, but they were preserved.
That's a fine thing, yes, until somebody came who had the kind of imagination like the young woman who is in the film, Maria Malina, an archaeological technician who had the insight and started to put the fragments together.
They do things that are unprecedented, in a way, and it's very beautiful to see that. For example, a square foot in one of the caves in the film---it took five months to remove half a centimeter of sediment.
Every single grain of sand was picked up with a pair of pincers and documented with laser measurements.
Archaeology is the study of historic or prehistoric people and their culture through the study of their artifacts, monuments and other items they left behind.