Project Title

Garbology Research

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Geography & Anthropology

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Susan Smith

Disciplines

Archaeological Anthropology

Abstract (300 words maximum)

At first glance, you would think that people’s everyday garbage is nothing more than discarded junk and food waste, but through the research of Garbology, we can analyze trash to see the patterns and habits of humans in their everyday lives. Through our journey, we found out how to analyze trash and come up with hypotheses on who we believe created the trash and how it was accumulated. Our research has further helped us determine that both archaeology and garbology are tied together as they both research past material and determine how it was used and who used it. By looking at each other's trash and collecting information from articles and other reliable sources, we were able to make guesses on the demographics, activity, and number of people within each other's households. We found that we can not particularly tell what types of people created what trash. (i.e race, gender identity, and age) We found how our trash is somewhat similar to one another and came to conclusions on how the households of college students can relate.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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Garbology Research

At first glance, you would think that people’s everyday garbage is nothing more than discarded junk and food waste, but through the research of Garbology, we can analyze trash to see the patterns and habits of humans in their everyday lives. Through our journey, we found out how to analyze trash and come up with hypotheses on who we believe created the trash and how it was accumulated. Our research has further helped us determine that both archaeology and garbology are tied together as they both research past material and determine how it was used and who used it. By looking at each other's trash and collecting information from articles and other reliable sources, we were able to make guesses on the demographics, activity, and number of people within each other's households. We found that we can not particularly tell what types of people created what trash. (i.e race, gender identity, and age) We found how our trash is somewhat similar to one another and came to conclusions on how the households of college students can relate.

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