Ancient Aboriginal Tupperware

Wide stretches of the landscape around here is just little rocks and pebbles…

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…and sometimes it pays to keep your eyes on the ground if you’re in a safe spot because interesting stuff can appear. People have been here a long time. And they’ve always been litterbugs.

I got my axehead that way…

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Yeah! Walking along with the dogs through a patch where I’d never been before, minding my own business, and there it was lying on the ground. I don’t know where it came from or who left it there, but it’s mine now. Nice axe, too. Way better at taking and holding an edge than some hardware store axes I’ve used. All I needed was a handle.

But some litter you’ll find is a little older than that…

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This place was picked clean of all the good stuff decades ago but now and then you can still be walking along and see something lying on the ground that looks like a potshard. Chances are it’s a potshard, like these I happened upon yesterday evening.

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They say that up till around 750 years ago when Donald Trump denied global warming and angered the gods, quite a lot of people lived around here. As far as I’ve ever been able to tell, their principal activity was breaking clay pots.

These days you could get in big trouble for leaving all that shit lying around the way they did. But whoever they were, they didn’t object to litterbugs. In fact from the evidence you could make a fairly credible case that it was some sort of requirement.

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6 Responses to Ancient Aboriginal Tupperware

  1. Mike says:

    On the plus side of littering, archaeologists of tomorrow will have something to fawn over in centuries to come.

    As for the axe, very nice find. That’s how I came to be the owner of a good quality machete, I was out for a walk and noticed something in the grass next to the trail. Free is nice, good quality free is great.

  2. Erik says:

    LOL. That’s funny. 🙂

    I can see them now….dancing around a fire….throwing clay pots around to satisfy the potshard god.

  3. feralfae says:

    Interestingly enough, those look like Ansazi and they did break pots ceremoniously, “killing” them by breaking a hole in the base of bowls. Nice find, Joel. A bit of old art for the abode. **

  4. Joel says:

    “Anasazi” is a touchy label around here as you can probably imagine. Being hip-deep in seven kinds of Indian can be as bad as living on a college campus sometimes.

    Basically the Hopi prefer “ancestral Hopi.” I don’t know what the other Pueblo (tribes? clans? whatever. groups) like to call them. The majority Navajo (I’m sorry – Dineh. Who, I think just to screw with us, sometimes object to being called Navajo) seem content with Anasazi, which I’m told is a Navajo word meaning “ancient enemy.” Never met an Apache with whom the subject came up, but being Apache they probably think some variation on “enemy” works.

  5. Anonymous says:

    All right, when it’s impossible to be PC for everyone, we’ll go with the simplest solution:
    “These shards were made by ancient people. Some of them knocked holes in bowls.” How’s that? Glad you got to see the elk, that the canine companion is alive and not pursuing large antlered beasties. **

  6. Well, they all have history around there. Talking about the subject is generally taboo with the tribes in the region – but they have long memories and oral tradition. I remember when the coprolite at Cowboy Wash story (about 2/3 thru the linked article) came out – it caused quite a stir among researchers and natives.

To the stake with the heretic!