“…archeologists of late antiquity should not just naively stuff mishnayot in their rucksacks…”

…archeologists of late antiquity should not just naively stuff mishnayot in their rucksacks to guide their digs any more than biblical archeologists should follow their 19th-century predecessors in setting out to excavate with a Bible in one hand and a spade in the other.

Shai Secunda, “Purity and Obscurity”, Jewish Review of Books (Summer 2017) [https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/2661/purity_and_obscurity]