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Well, if the pit was determined to be 50,000 years old he might deduce that, over hundreds of years, wild animals fell into the hole and perished.
If the pit was 10,000 years old, the archaeologist might suspect those bones were put there by early man who, over time, had hunted and eaten the animals.
Or he might think it was some sort of religious site and that the bones had been hurled into the pit to appease the dirt god or some such deity.
Let's look into the future. Suppose that some 10,000 years from now an archaeologist in what is now Central Virginia finds a pit filled with animal bones that date to about the year 2000. How will he explain that?
Will the scientist speculate that the inhabitants of this region sacrificed animals as part of some religious ritual?
Will he deduce that, because of some great war or natural disaster, the people of 2000 were forced to eat wild animals whose bones were then thrown into a pit?
What else could he think? If this archaeologist is like us, he will be trained to believe that pits full of animal bones must surely be associated with human survival, religion or creatures that that perished after being trapped.
How else could a pit
How would you explain a mound of bones found 10 feet down?
Would you think some hunter had been illegally shooting hundreds of animals and burying their bones? Probably.
If the bones were of our time, we would quickly jump to the conclusion that something sinister had taken place at the site.
That's the way we think. Fresh bones indicate sinister activity. We are programmed to think bad thoughts first and re-evaluate the situation later.
In our investigation of the bone pit, we have the advantage of being able to ascertain the use of this particular site for the past 200 or even 300 years. Land records accumulated over two centuries will even tell us who owned the property.