Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Susan Kirkpatrick Smith

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Garbology among KSU students

Garbology is important because it allows us to understand the type of garbage people are producing which allows us to find ways to minimize this waste. By studying and reviewing each other's garbage, we were each able to analyze and hypothesize the living environments each of us live in. We were able to find out our group members' cultural information by reading the list of garbage in each other's home. Our results showed that it was easy to determine the amount of people in the house, but difficult to determine gender and age. Most of the garbage found was cardboard, which shows the wide use and waste of cardboard in our society today. However, majority of the garbage was also food waste. This paper will outline the ways we can find out about one’s culture through their garbage, modern society, and different ways humans could possibly identify with their waste. It will also outline the different types of common waste we were able to identify and possible ways to limit this waste. Garbology helps us understand how archaeology relates to our culture.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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Garbology among KSU students

Garbology among KSU students

Garbology is important because it allows us to understand the type of garbage people are producing which allows us to find ways to minimize this waste. By studying and reviewing each other's garbage, we were each able to analyze and hypothesize the living environments each of us live in. We were able to find out our group members' cultural information by reading the list of garbage in each other's home. Our results showed that it was easy to determine the amount of people in the house, but difficult to determine gender and age. Most of the garbage found was cardboard, which shows the wide use and waste of cardboard in our society today. However, majority of the garbage was also food waste. This paper will outline the ways we can find out about one’s culture through their garbage, modern society, and different ways humans could possibly identify with their waste. It will also outline the different types of common waste we were able to identify and possible ways to limit this waste. Garbology helps us understand how archaeology relates to our culture.

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