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

I found this over at A Christian Think Tank under “Comic Relief — for the pathologically philosophical.” There are some in jokes that might not be immediately obvious to some. Others are painfully obvious (and true).

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
Generally only one, but some rooms we can’t even get into since 1933.

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
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’&133;hmmm, maybe we could even sell little figurines&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
Actually they are afraid to do it&133;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&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, but it will take years and years of initial site study&133;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&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
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&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
No amount of them can do it, but for an underground antiquities dealer it only takes 5 minutes&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
501–one to take the old bulb out, and 500 to proclaim that it confirms the biblical record&133;

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
501–one to take the old bulb out, and 500 to proclaim that it dis-confirms the biblical record&133;(so much for the univocity of the archaeological record, eh?)

How many archaeologists does it take to change a light bulb?
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&133; [Comic Relief]

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I am the non-admin personality of blivet tool & die I have been academically trained as a professional archaeologist (MA, RPA) and now live in Arvada, CO. Father, husband, scientist, geek of several trades, and high-functioning Autistic adult. Future planetary expatriate?

2 thoughts on “How Many Archaeologists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?”

  1. How many archaeologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

    One, in the Valley of the Kings, provided that Zawi Hawass publishes it first .

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