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Garbology, or Garbage Archeology

Garbology is a modern
sub-specialty of
archeology that
attempts to learn more
about today’s society
by studying what
people throw away.
The University of
Arizona Department of
pioneered garbology as
a discipline more than
20 years ago, under the
directorship of William
Rathje. Garbology
research interests
include modern diet,
health, marketing,
resource management,
measuring the
effectiveness of
societial changes such
as recycling and waste
reduction over time, and
demographic and social

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