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The archaeological value of garbage

CNN has posted an interesting article about the value of sifting through ancient trash to find archaeological gold.

“I think almost all civilizations recycled in one way or another,” Meadow said, explaining that ancient peoples across the world would recycle organic matter as fuel, while inorganic refuse would be used to build the foundations of a house.

Precious metals, he said, would be melted down and re-shaped for a variety of tools.

“It’s only when you get to the modern period of consumerism that you get this culture of obsolescence,” he said.

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Story: Laura Allsop, CNN | Photo: HARP

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