"We can never know with certainty what the past was like: instead we
reconstruct images of what we think it may have been like using the
fragmentary remains we have, but influenced to a degree by our cultural
perceptions and norms. Those who present the past to others have the
responsibility to ensure that they represent the most likely reality of
the past, and that the representations are not conscious manipulations
of the past created for particular contemporary causes."
- Stone, Peter G.; Planel, Philippe, Constructed Past 1999, http://www.myilibrary.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/Browse/open.asp?ID=2016&loc=iv (6 January 2009)