Constructing the Sacred: Visibility and Ritual Landscape at the Egyptian Necropolis of Saqqara

Introduction: Note 69

Jeffrey Clarke, “The Fallacy of Reconstruction,” in Cyber-Archaeology, ed. Maurizio Forte, BAR International Series 2177 (Oxford: Archeopress, 2010) and Riccardo Olivito, Emanuele Taccola, and Niccolò Albertini, “Cultural Heritage and Digital Technologies,” in Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology Archaeology in the Age of Sensing, ed. Maurizio Forte and Stefano Campana (Cham: Springer, 2016), 478, I find useful Colin Renfrew’s self-described ‘realist’ position, which advocates that: “one conceives of the past as really existing in a physical world, much like the present, with human individuals living their lives, and interacting with each other and with their environment very much as we do today. In other words, the past really happened… But this notion of a past which really happened is to be distinguished from our own knowledge of the past, which has to be based upon our own observations and inferences, and is thus constructed by us using those observations.” See Colin Renfrew, “Towards a Cognitive Archaeology,” in The Ancient Mind, ed. Colin Renfrew and Ezra Dubrow (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 10.