Plastic Bag

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The following archaeological analysis, describes the examination of material remains inside a large plastic bag. The plastic bag was discovered in the old downtown district of Seattle, Washington on April 16, 2116. The remains were located in an old abandoned apartment building complex 30 feet underneath the ground in the old downtown district of the city. Several construction workers discovered the plastic bag while working on a renovation project for their construction company. The company hired a group of independent archaeologists to examine the plastic bag and all the material remains inside. Procedure states that anything artifacts discovered in the city must be moved to the local university inside an airtight chamber until a archaeologist …show more content…
All of the material remains were layout in one of the tables inside of the chamber. The group decided that the most effective way to analyze the material remains was to divide the remains into different sections and each archaeologist will have one section to conduct their own archaeological analysis. We will share our findings once every one finishes with their own analysis of the material remains. The first step I made in my archaeological analysis was to find the exact chronology of the material remains. As I went through the remains in my section, I discovered that several of remains contain writing on them and this writing provided me with an actual written date I can use to establish the chronology. The remains which show written dates include the two paper ATM transactions receipts, a paper magazine called Entertainment Weekly, and a video store receipt from a place called Blockbuster. Based on the dates I discovered in my section of the assemblage, I assume that all of the material remains inside of the plastic bag are from the months of June to December of 2008 plus or minus 3 years because I do not know if every item in the assemblage came from that specific …show more content…
The reason I believe that the family came from a lower middle class background is due to the Blockbuster, Walmart store receipts, one paper envelope from an airline called United Airlines and several paper bag and boxes from fast food restaurants named McDonalds, KFC, and Domino’s Pizza. I have searched these “brand names” in the local university database, and the database showed a scholarly article which told me that these brands were commonly associated with individuals living in middle class neighborhoods. The family socioeconomic status can also be found with the material remains associated with the family’s diet. Most of the material remains in my section are associated with food brands associated with high sugar and processed products. The empty bottles Pepsi, a plastic bag from a product called Twizzlers, and 4 plastic wrappers named Old El Paso Green Burritos indicate that the family diet might tell that the family’s socioeconomic status might possibly be a working or low middle class status based on the material remains I discovered in my section. The reason for this assumption is a scholarly article I read in the university data explaining that many working class or low middle class family buy more processed and high sugar food products than organic food product due to the high prices of the organic food products. One interesting material remain

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