What to do while you’re waiting to do archaeology? Processes of decay in the 21st century

13th November 2013

Rhondda Harris

Introduction*

While trying to get work as an archaeologist I do some casual work in estate management. This involves sorting out the belongings of people who have died or who have moved to a nursing home. Work is usually at the request of Trustee Companies or a Funeral Assistance Program and mostly involves sorting out the houses of people with no relatives or where the condition of the house is such that relatives seek help to sort it out. Sometimes a house will look like anybody’s house who lives in a way you expect people to live, cluttered but reasonably clean, with some vague sort of order such as kitchen things in the kitchen and bedroom things in the bedroom, but often enough they are much more interesting. In fact, often enough they resemble the houses from hell which current affairs programs frequently put to air, the ones where the tenants have fled and the Council comes in and fills up three rubbish trucks just to get in the door.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Harris, R.
What to do while you're waiting to do archaeology? Processes of decay in the 21st century
2001
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Short Report
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