To someone exploring material culture, these museums of the just-past can be fertile hunting grounds, not for bargains but for insights into people’s dreams. Your knick-knacks can tell an archaeologist a lot about you and your community.
We live in a world–or so we’re told–in which we’re obsessed with the new. Shopping malls, glossy magazines, and catwalk parades encourage us to buy more new, shiny stuff. But Macklemore suggests that what’s old is new again.
What have you seen? And did you actually see it? At Angkor Wat, Cambodia, tourists recreate the imaginary worlds of Tomb Raider and Temple Run. But archaeology reveals that an ancient, intriguing history likes behind these ruinous stones.
Collecting things isn’t just about haunting antique stores and garage sales. The built environment provides plenty of fodder for roaming enthusiasts, such as markers made for topographic surveys since the 19th century.