This is quite new to me, but i want to see if i get the gist of it. i know other's can judge me on this, and i welcome it, and that is why i debate on such a public forum, to learn from lots of people.
All symbols have a meaning, and, if you understand the meaning behind them, you could also learn other languages and written forms of ancient languages. actually, i can read Hindi, Chinese and Arabic - you know, the cursive scrawl and the symbols? i find that learning the Hindi and the Arabic is very easy, as we can make out letters there, like cursive, and, know what the sounds are for them. this would be like a snake - a popular Egyptian symbol - would mean, under normal understandings, the letter j as in joke. wouldn't it be the letter s as in the sound it makes? or even sa? sa is a Hindi word of course. it translates more or less to wa in arabic, which is close by, so maybe it is related? then there are the chinese symbols. they make drawings of obvious types, like an 'open box' meaning that it is open, or, that it is beginning, yes?
But that isn't all we know about ancient cultures. we also know how they lived, and how they wanted to live. they wanted to be kings because then they wouldn't need to work, which is true today as well.
Now, if we were to strive for these same ideals today, we need to observe what moral absolutes are, some say they don't exist. i bet they do, and i will venture a few; everybody believed they are right in the end, everybody believes they are loved by at least someone, and everybody thinks they are a good actor when it comes down to it - that people find them impressive somehow.
With this in mind, how hard do you actually think archeology is? i suppose i would find it fun, but it is hot on digs.