What's ironic is Picard considers himself an amateur archeologist, but tells these people to bugger off.
Though in fairness, that's a character trait he was given after this (Contagion was the first to mention it wasn't it?) so you could argue it was the later episodes contradicting his complete disinterest in the past here.
A flimsy defence for a flimsy episode, one I'm fairly (haha) neutral on. Good Romulan stuff (including a fantastic new ship design) but yeah... the humans. Yeuch. Pretty much fully covered by everyone else but... yeuch.