posted on Jul, 18 2004 @ 02:00 PM
Quite correct, Biggles -- garbage is one of the cues that archaeologists use to determine where civilizations are/were and what they were like.
Modern civilizations leave a lot of high-tech stuff aorund and most of it is very durable.
We do have artifacts from 10K years ago (and earlier); items of bone and stone. One of the petroglyph sites I'll film next week is unique in that it
does have a nearby garbage pit, indicating that the site was close to a place where Native Americans had an established village. No other trace of
that village remains, however (not that we've seen.)
There's also a remarkable lack of "tourist artifacts" from a Mysterious Unknown Civilization around the world. If everyone on our planet was to
vanish suddenly, in 10,000 years we could still see (from the garbage and artifacts) the places that American or British tourists had visited.