When you think of archaeology, you might think of ancient buildings or Han Solo in a fedora, but the truth is, archaeologists spend more time digging through ancient trash than avoiding ancient Peruvian blowgun traps.
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In fact, many of the items behind the glass at your favorite museum were most likely found in a midden or ancient dump. Even today, archaeologists believe that trash reveals more about the lives we actually lead than, say, a journal.
As far as archaeologists are concerned, one man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure. So the next time you throw that Hot Pocket wrapper in the trash, just remember: It belongs in a museum!
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