"The low esteem felt by classical philologists toward field archaeologists was a remnant of the medieval tradition by which those who dealt in Dirt were felt to practise the mechanical arts, while those who dealt in the Word belonged with the liberal arts. The liberal arts are still more highly prized in academic places than the mechanical arts; the Word is still generally felt to be more powerful than, as well as cleaner than, the Dirt."

— E. Vermeule, “Archaeology and Philology: the Dirt and the Word”