500 years from now, an archaeologist accidentally stumbles on the ruins of your home, long buried underground. What will she learn about early-21st-century humans by going through (what remains of) your stuff?
This dp reminds me of Titanic…the sketch of Rose preserved beneath the ocean for decades…as was her comb :). Its hard to imagine things which might be preserved after 500 years. Mind thinks of practical things, like there might be a chance to find something in a bungalow or a row house. But, what can I expect to be preserved in apartments in a 20-25 storeyed building. Nothing. Except for some frames and kitchen stuff because plastic does not decay. There may be some remains left of electronic stuff…nothing new. Makes me wonder, in today’s age of technology and making everything into a soft copy, what is that will remain of us after centuries. Maybe just plastic, e-waste and probably some jewels.
But enough pessimism. The archaeologist digging up my house will probably find diaries in a chest (I’m going to start writing in one from today 😀 ) ….or probably some personal letters…(also in the same chest ;)…it’s my treasure box you see)…some pictures of close people. Haven’t yet found any material things or objects which are worth preserving for the next generations. Imagine him finding a box of CDs or a temp. hard drive from all that electronic junk 🙂 ….maybe they will get songs…old forgotten ones…or videos…basically access to who I was…what language I spoke…my culture…clothing…etc. Interesting…I wonder what he will make out from it all…how much change would have occurred in five centuries. Certainly not a continental drift 😀 . But will they have planes for everyday commuting …like in the Jetsons cartoon. Or would they be back to being Flintstones…it would be exciting to peek into a distant future and know our fate as homo sapiens …with all the global warming in action.