FIVE CENTURIES DOWN THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD

IN 500 YEARS? DIGGING UP THE DIGS


pottery Qianlong-1736The diggers will find more remnants of the dogs than us. Dog toys, dishes, food. Mountains of dog hair.

When they come to our stuff, they will suspect we were archaeologists too. What a strange mix of ancient and modern. Very old Chinese and other Asian pottery and artifacts. Toys from a hundred years before.

And the mix of technologies: digital cameras and photographic prints, computers. Oil lamps and a woodstove. Electric lights and linoleum floors.

Fireplaces and logs.

Carved wooden cabinets, modern upholstery, hand-hooked rugs.

Glass and plastic.

Copper kettles and microwave ovens.

Acoustic guitars and an electric piano. Wood flutes and recorded DVDs and CDs. Thousands of paper books, but also odd little computers for reading.

Not a single flying car.

New and old. Perhaps after all a realistic picture of who we were, at least in terms of the stuff we needed and the toys with which we played.

17 thoughts on “FIVE CENTURIES DOWN THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD

  1. Pingback: Daily Prompt – Digging Up Your Digs « RobertMcQ

    • I don’t mind us getting the dates wrong. That’s inevitable. It’s the assumptions we make about the purpose of stuff we find. Why does it have to have religious significance? Why not artistic? Of fun? Entertaining? We are so busy assigning SIGNIFICANCE … we forget that people also just ARE.

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