this image of an Islamic scholar
doing field research.
It’s my guess he makes up in enthusiasm what he lacks in training, but that can be fixed*. As for his tools, if he goes to Mecca and asks the Head Hijab I’m sure they can stop flogging infidels long enough to flog him a cheap brush.
IN THE MEANTIME
he’ll let his thirst for knowledge rule, and good on him. As they say, ‘to the victor the spoils‘ and I’m fairly sure that the greater intellect who created those artefacts doesn’t really give a damn.
COMING SOON TO
a monument near you: Islamic scholars and the new modern ‘short-cut’ archaeology. (Just look how long it would have taken with the Bamiyan Buddhas if some genius hadn’t invented dynamite, the archaologist-in-a-hurry’s friend.)
Tomorrow, Stonehenge …
* With a speeding bullet …