With the lens of an archaeologist, you get to be both an anthropologist and a detective. What people have to say about themselves can be richly informative, but as Detective Archaeology, what “stuff” has to say can be even more revealing.
Stuff can be the loudest when you look for what I call, live-work stations: a place where a person sits or stands for long periods of time to perform work, make something, or perform a repeated task. This can be a desk, a cash register, a work bench, a kitchen table, etc. Duck tape around a broken kitchen spoon can be a sign of thriftiness, value. Taped notes to the side of a desktop and other “hacks” reveal paint points or clunkiness where a little thought and ingenuity would be welcome. Hopes and dreams can even be found in common live-work stations, be sure not to miss that hawaiian photo or baby shoe dangling from the dash.
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