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Digging the Middens - What archaeologists will see about use

'I can only assume that archaeologists in the future will determine, from searching the huge middens that we are creating, that society in the early twenty-first century is so wasteful it's shameful.' - Joyce Coomer
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By Joyce Coomer

Archaeologists consider middens a source of information about a culture. Within a midden can be found remnants of a culture's foods, utensils and clothing, and occasionally burial sites.

I watch with sorrow as thousands and thousands of useful items are discarded each day in this town (and I'm sure in all other towns across the country), items ranging from clothing to furniture to kitchen utensils to storage containers to decorative items to building materials. Many of these callously discarded items are useful; some are new, some only need cleaning.


I wonder why, as a community, we cannot establish a clearing house where these items could be stored, cleaned and preserved, so that someone could obtain an item for further use. This has been done in other towns. Surely it could be done here.

I can only assume that archaeologists in the future will determine, from searching the huge middens that we are creating, that society in the early twenty-first century is so wasteful it's shameful. What happened to the old adage, "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without"?

- Joyce M. Coomer



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