When archaeologists dig, they're
looking for clues about life in the past.
Most of these clues are found in the
simple things people used every day,
like pottery, and the broken things
they disposed of in their trash.
Ancient trash tells archaeologists a lot
about the past. It can tell you things
such as how many people lived in a house, what kinds of activities they did, and what they ate.
In the past, people didn't have their trash hauled to the dump every week.
Ancient trash pits are often found near houses. Some things thrown into
trash pits, like food, were biodegradable and would have decayed and
broken down pretty quickly. Fortunately, other things like pottery and stone
|What does your trash say
about you? Take a close
look inside your trash can
and think about the clues
it offers about your life.