Archaeology: (n) the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts
I am susceptible.
I am a product of my times and therefore the word “archaeology” conjures images of Indiana Jones and his whip.
I am ready to freely admit how shallow I am before you decide to dive in.
But also, I have found the subject of archaeology to be fascinating–that digging up objects from a former culture can tell us about their lifestyle and choices. Honestly, it more illuminates our study on what they were presently using when they went bye-bye and what that substance was made of, which enabled it to survive the span of time.
It caused me to think about the things that surround me.
Obviously, the elements in my life that would push through to another era are mostly made of plastic. So anyone studying me or my culture eons from now would contend that we were a generation that was obsessed with containers, bottles and all sorts of paraphernalia. For all of our papers would turn to dust; glass would be crushed and not survive.
Yes, in a thousand years, if they dug up our defunct civilization, they would ascertain that we really liked plastic and that most of it was formed into gadgets.
So comically, an alarm clock might survive, which would lead the archaeologist to conclude that we were a very efficient society, living off the clock, and probably extraordinarily productive.
If they found one of our computers, which survived the press, they would report that we were an intellectual culture, always chasing down the truth.
Gone would be:
- The wrappers from our fast food
- The pages from our silly magazines
- And the most recent creams and salves we favor to prevent oldness, baldness and impotency.
So I have to admit I’m a little suspicious of archaeology. Just because something survives being buried does not mean it was predominant in the social structure of the time.
For after all, in a thousand years … what will be left of reality shows and the Kardashians?
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