The View From My Window

The world as seen from my window and through my eyes

Ancient food residue February 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntlelo @ 3:07 am

I read an interesting article today that breathed new life into my view of washing dishes. A paleoethnobotanist from our university was part of a research group that identified chili peppers on ancient pottery found in an archaeological site. Really, how cool is that? Some poor ancient woman didn’t get her dishes clean and was exposed as a poor housekeeper some 6000 years later. Seems like we just can’t get away with anything in the kitchen!

Makes me wonder what people hundreds of years from now will be able to “dig up” about me. Here are a few predictions about what could be found in my “future” dig:

1. A vast store of single earrings indicating the propensity to lose one and be unable to part with its useless mate

2. A treasure trove of those extra buttons I saved from new clothing and never use

3. Odd and end pieces of silverware, because you never know when you might have more people than your matched sets will serve

4. Piles of nearly new high heeled shoes that I stopped wearing when I realized I was old enough to care more about my comfort than being fashionable

5. Shards of Johann Havilland “Blue Garland” china (remains of the set my mother gave me for my hope chest)

6. A mother’s ring with 6 stones (3 aquamarines, 1 amethyst, 1 blue sapphire and 1 diamond)

7. The remains of a Jack Russell Terrier, most likely buried on top of me (her name is Lucy and she thinks she owns me)

What will future archaeologists find out about you?

 

3 Responses to “Ancient food residue”

  1. LVJ Says:

    They’ll notice the strange habit of being quite neat and organized in most parts of the house, then horribly disorganized and chaotic in one closed-door room that few people ever see.

  2. Glass jars.

    My grandmother used to keep, well, everything, but she kept glass jars on a window ledge over the kitchen sink. I seem to do the same thing. The sunshine makes them sparkle, and I look at them while I do the dishes. I also put them to use, holding beans, rice, extra sauce, spices, homemade salad dressings, etc., but I have many more than I use.

  3. SpideyMizzou Says:

    Most likely they’ll discover that there were crumb particles in my shag carpet, indicating that I never ate a meal unless I was sitting in front of my television.


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