Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ancient Dump Sites

An archaeologist is very happy to find the “dump site” for an ancient city being excavated. Dump sites are a treasure trove of information. Broken pottery and worn out tools can tell us a lot about the development of a community. The wonderful thing about dump sites is that even with the repeated conquest and destruction of the city their dump sites usually remain undisturbed and added to after the conquest.  With the oldest items left in place on the bottom layers we can see in the layers a time line for the city written clearly for all to see.

I can only wonder what future archaeologist will gather from our massive landfills.

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