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Where's the archaeology?
A number of classes simply do not get the required skill points to learn anything about archaeology. Heck, even clerics suck at Knowledge: Religion. The only thing all the classes can contribute to is the combat system. Hence, bashing locals gets a great run in all scenarios.
To give you an idea of how the disparity in skills and work of Pathfinders goes, in a recent scenario the party is required to alter oil paintings. Because the author knows that not even the most intelligent Pathfinder bard has “Craft: Illustration” (even though this a zero photography world) the party is allowed to use Sleight of Hand to paint alterations. See also Linguistics getting a run in the Library as opposed to Knowledge: History.
There are some fantastic things that we could do as Pathfinders but we never, ever will because the skill system currently seems to work on a drought or flood basis. Authors that do want to work in something suitably Pathfindery need to insert strange skill parallels to avoid butt-hurt reviews by parties who can't think of a outside the box solution (or have a GM who won't allow it).
Just my two coppers.