One of the first articles that I came across that grabbed my attention was on NPR Michigan radio’s website. The article titled “Oyster Archaeology: Ancient trash holds clues to sustainable harvesting” uncovers the importance of Oysters and studying history. The article starts off by explaining how Oysters used to be a lot bigger hundreds of years ago. People had to cut them in half before they could even eat them. Today, because of decades of overfishing, oyster populations have dropped 1 percent of what they were around 1900. Researchers uncovered that Native Americans figured out how to farm oysters sustainably, and their techniques could help support our oyster habit today. Archaeologists began by studying Native American trash pits, which speckle the Chesapeake Bay Coast and are full of oyster shells. Using radio carbon dating, researchers found that the oldest trash pit survived to be 3,200 years old and most recent to the date no later than 1900. Then they measured the height of each oyster as a proxy for past human pressure on oysters. The scientists rounded the survey out by examining oyster size from fossils hundreds of thousands of years old. It is interesting that these processes can be replicated in relation to our current studies and what we apply to every scientific process.