Summer Blog Update #1

 

A Dundee marmalade jar (left) is among items recently unearthed from a 19th century landfill behind a manor house in East Anglia. In Victorian England, people transitioned from making most things at home to buying them in stores.

Just a day ago I was telling the 7th and 8th graders that often times the most interesting archaeology is done by looking at what people throw away. You can learn a ton about people by examining their garbage.

Lo and behold, I found an article on just such an examination on the very day I made that statement. This is one you’d do well to read and remember; I’m going to talk about it in the fall.

Digging up the Roots of Modern Waste in Victorian-Era Rubbish 

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