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Friday, September 16, 2011

"Those who Cannot Remember the Past are Condemned to Repeat It"

-George  Santayana (The Life of Reason)

I was very surprised to learn that archaeology is more than just digging and building. Through it we can discover our past. Or, we can lay down our present for future peoples to discover their past.

We learned about many famous archaeological sites all over the world and here locally. Among the sites we talked about we the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers and Newspaper Rock in Capitol Reef.

Terracotta Army

Each Statue has a unique face.

Newspaper Rock - No digging required.
We recorded all the items we threw away for a week. The Egyptians are known for their pyramids and their Sphinx. The Incan's had Machu Picchu. The Mayan's had Uxmal. The Chinese have their Great Wall. The Roman's have their Colosseum. The Greeks have the Parthenon. The Cambodians have Angkor Wat. The Brits have Stonehenge. The Persians have Petra. The Native Americans have Mesa Verde. Even Easter Island has its Moai. But, we here in America will be known for our trash. Like a disease, I suppose, as with everything, the environmentalists have infected the BSA too.

I also got to plan for things I would place in a time capsule. The items I selected might give some future generation a glimpse into our culture today. The list is:

  • iPod
  • Scout Handbook
  • Robitics Merit Badge Book
  • Space Exploration Merit Badge Book
  • Twinkie
  • Laminated Photographs
  • Hot Wheels Car
  • Firearm/Ammunition
What do you think? Does this give and accurate picture of today?