It's pretty easy to beeline archeology without Oxford if you want it to be your entry into industrial, which is in the neighborhood turn 200, and if I'm playing wide I might still be lacking opera houses in most of my cities. So here I am with first dibs on all these sites but have to choose between building opera houses and museums, or archeologists, never mind other vital buildings. I might as well tech for radio (with Oxford bulb) because early access to tier-3 Freedom or Order will give me more culture and tourism than artifacts. In fact this was one of the main problems with my fourth-most recent wide attempt, I was first into archeology but landmarks and artifacts just don't really do much without the 50%-ish boosts from Freedom I was at 18 turns between policies because I didn't have Hermitage yet. Meanwhile the AI civ that opened Order before me had no problem winning World Fair, meaning their culture bar instantly went into can't-be-influenced length.