Throughout my life, I have relied on intuition to ensure that my sentences are intelligible and grammatical. I like using gerunds because they can shorten sentences and avoid redundancy. Recently, however, the use of gerunds in some scenarios has confused me. In a sentence like:
Francesco Petrarch was a seminal Renaissance humanist who pioneered unearthing classical texts.
Would the use of gerunds be grammatical? Or should it be changed to:
Francesco Petrarch was a seminal Renaissance humanist who pioneered the unearthing of classical texts.
Which I often find in fustian or archaic text. Moreover, if the gerund is used correctly in the first sentence, are there rules that govern the use of gerunds?