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    British Historians Dig Up Victorian-Era Trash

    What a rubbish idea. “Garbology” specialists in Britain are digging up dirt and century-old packaging remnants to figure out “how we became a throwaway society.” Tom Licence, a historian at the University of East Anglia, and his team are busy unearthing tombs, homes and bones to figure out what Victorians threw away 150 years ago. Before the Industrial Revolution and throughout most of history, people reused everyday items — and Licence hopes that by lifting the lid he can help us return to more old-fashioned ways.

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