Forward into the Past: the Archaeology of the Future

Do you ever wonder what the ancients would say to our modern understanding of their customs and beliefs?  Well, imagine what future scientists might make of our civilization!  Picture Manhattan as an archaeological site

Aerial Shot Manhattan Image from Wikimedia Commons

Aerial Shot Manhattan
Image from Wikimedia Commons

in the distant future.   With modern technological developments and the mass consumption of goods, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that we would leave behind a wealth of material remains.  What sorts of artefacts would future excavators find amidst the ruins of this once bustling, towering city?  Will your apartment building survive?  Your ipod?  These may sound like questions more appropriate for a novelist to ask than a scientist, but based on our knowledge of modern refuse patterns and how archaeological sites form, it is possible to speculate what the future site of Manhattan would yield.  Join our host Dr. Joe Schuldenrein tonight at 6pm ET as he considers these questions and discusses how the profession of archaeology might change in the future.

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