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19th-century trash pit found in Iowa

A small section of what may have been a city trash pit dating back to the 19th century has been found in Iowa. Peeling the soil away to an undisturbed layer, they found an astonishing number of artifacts, including meat bones, pieces of broken china, buttons, shoe soles, smoking pipes, hand-blown

18th-century garbage pit excavated in Boston

Excavations at the Clough House in Boston have unearthed a garbage pit dating back to the 18th century. During two weeks of digging, Bagley and a crew of volunteers collected tens of thousands of items from the 1700s. The haul included long-ago leftovers of everyday life: animal bones, doll parts, and

Trove of Victorian rubbish found in Greenwich

A collection of Victorian garbage, ranging from champagne bottles to tennis balls, has been found beneath the steps of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The haul is so precisely the kind of domestic junk that any untidy householder shoves into a cupboard before an unexpected visitor, that archaeologists wonder

Titanic wreck is littered with modern garbage

This is sad: The wreckage of the "unsinkable" Titanic is litter with modern day garbage. "Beer cans, plastic cups, that sort of thing," Delgado said. "We even found a detergent box lying in the middle of the wreck site... That garbage is going to be around for a very long time." Private

Nazi detention camp trash pit excavated

Archaeologists in the Netherlands have excavated the trash pit of Westerbork, a WWII Nazi detention camp, and interviewed one of the people who survived the camp about seeing some of the recovered artifacts. Micha Schliesser picks the undamaged lid of a butter dish out of one of the boxes with excavated

Landfill to be placed next to UNESCO World Heritage Site

A landfill required to deal with Rome's growing garbage problem could be placed next to Hadrian's Villa. There's a big controversy there over a landfill scheduled to open in the new year, near one of Italy's most treasured sites, Hadrian's Villa, where a legendary emperor lived more than 18 hundred years

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

Roman mausoleum found underneath pile of garbage

A 2,000-year-old Roman-era mausoleum has been uncovered from under tons of illegally-dumped rubbish in Italy. The mausoleum, which dates back to the second century AD, was found by police hidden beneath 58 tonnes of garbage in the coastal town Pozzuoli while they were impounding the site they say was used to