At the end of class, Professor Watrall asked us if there was anything left to discover. Unequivocally that answer is yes. There is history being made every day! What we are doing today will impact lives of the future and they will want to know all about it and what got them from where we are today to where we will be in hundreds of years. Future generations from now will wonder how we lived. They will think that flat screen TVs and the AppleWatch are ancient pieces of technology. Lots of our stories will die with us and they might be especially interesting in one hundred years, unbeknownst to us at this time. There are tragedies now that still need to be discovered. The Malaysian Airlines flight for example. We have come close to exhausting all resources looking for the missing flight for the past year and I am not sure what else we can do recover it. The Franklin Expedition’s ship the Erebus was lost in the mid 1840s and was only recently discovered in 2012. That is almost one hundred and seventy years spent undiscovered. In the 1840s did they also ask what else can be discovered? Will it take another one hundred and seventy years to find the lost Malaysian airlines flight? That is what I find so cool about archaeology. When something is discovered there is the sudden moment wondering of how old this could be! Just as finding the Erebus told us about it’s journey and also its demise, finding anything will tell us more than just what kind of object it is. With enough probing and research we can find the date it was made, how things were destroyed and even whose hands it passed through.
In one hundred years, I would love to see the stuff they dig up from our generation. Everything we have now seems as though it will be here forever. But we look back ten years ago and we see so much has changed. From the type of clothing we used to wear to the technology we used. I can’t imagine an archaeologist in 2115 uncovering a plate I ate my waffles on this morning and thinking it is a treasured gem that needs to go into a museum as we think about the pottery shards from ancient villages. It’s weird to think that we will be some distant past that people want to know all about when to us it is everyday reality.