April 2nd, 2008

Archeological endurance of material culture

Time: Fictional
Place: Fictional
Searched: I don't even know how to start on this one.

This is going to be long. =|

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I need to know what kind of state the buildings would be in, what sorts of things would have survived this long, what kind of things would LOOK like they'd survived but would crumble when you touched them. Textiles, wooden shelves, the metal framework of the buildings themselves, books, bedframes, mattresses, photographs, etc. I guess this is essentially equivalent to asking, if our society had died out in the 1920s, what would archeologists be able to actually find like 10,000 years down the road?

And since I have another city in roughly the same situation minus the genocide and the floating and stuck in the middle of a blazing desert instead ( =|!! ), how would these answers change if the city were actually buried/sandworn/both instead of permanently exposed to the elements? This one is actually being excavated so the archeological standpoint would be great =|b [Edit] Quick note for clarity: buildings here are much shorter but still steel and concrete. [/Edit]

(WHY DID I WRITE MYSELF SUCH A COMPLICATED WORLD HISTORY AND THEN MAKE IT DIRECTLY RELEVANT TO MY MAIN CHARACTERS. >=| I HATE MYSELF.)

[Edit2] Aright, some changes and clarifications. I think I'm gonna lower my longest-lived race's lifespan to 2,000 years and say that all this genocide bidniz happened somewhere around 6,000 years ago. So there's a solid timeline for the decay, for whatever difference it'd actually make.
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