the P-word

Here’s Barbara Mertz’s on a politically incorrect term in archaeology:

I would like to avoid the term “primitive,” because it implies a certain value judgment. I can’t do it, though. Alternatives like “preliterate” and “prehistoric” are at once too explicit and too vague. You know what I mean, and I know what I mean, so let’s stick to “primitive.”

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

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