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37. The word s and 1940s， when building restoration was popular， historical archaeology was primarily a tool of architectural reconstruction. The role of archaeologists was to find the foundations of historic buildings and then take a back seat to architects. The mania for reconstruction had largely subsided by 1950s. Most people entering historical archaeology during this period came out of university anthropology departments.， where they had studied prehistoric cultures. They were， by training， social scientists， not historians， and their work tended to reflect this bias. The questions they framed and the techniques they used were designed t