When most people think of archaeology, they tend to think of people digging in the dirt for shards of pottery and uncovering ancient temples. Eventually, though, when everything is said and done, there are only so many things that have been buried over the course of human history (or at least only so many objects that survived over the years). Does that mean that archaeology will die at some point in the future?
I’d like to think that that isn’t the case.
I’d like to think that 1,000 year from now archaeology will be digital. Rather than dig through the dirt, the digital archaeologists of the future will sift through the 1’s and 0’s of all of the information we’re creating right now. Instead of looking for the shards of the pottery that some ancient woman owned, they’ll be looking for the blogs that some ancient person wrote.
Think of all of the thoughts and information we’re pouring into a digital ether. Once you die, it doesn’t disappear. When I eventually die, this blog won’t automatically cease to exist. It will remain online indefinitely. Even if the internet ceases to exist, all of the data on the internet is still physically stored somewhere.
Modern day archeologists look at the tools, buildings, and art of ancient man to better understand how he lived and what he understood. The archeologists of the future will look to our blogs, our websites, our computer programs, etc. to better understand how we conceptualized the world. It’s interesting to think about.