To be explicit, archaeologists are capable of building actual, exact, and authentic chronologies and assembling historical truths. The major elements of most established timelines are correct: feudalism existed before the Enlightenment and Italy and Japan supported the Axis in World War 2.

The issue is that what we learn in history does not necessarily match what people read in fiction. And, since narratives, perspectives, viewpoints, as well as research methodology develop over time, a large portion of history is recreated frequently. For the sheer reason that history is difficult to describe, those who experienced or studied the past are constantly rewriting it.

We all have mental images of how renowned historical places, people, and things look. Thanks to movies and historical texts. And, more often than you might imagine, that mental image is incorrect. The past was sometimes far more - or far less - remarkable than most people know.

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