When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of “garbology.” While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff — ancient tombs, residences, bones — Licence looks at the top layers, which, where he lives in England, are filled with Victorian-era garbage.
Studying what people threw away 150 years ago, Licence is getting to the bottom of an important issue: how much we throw away, and how to change that.
“We dig up rubbish,” says Licence, who is the director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia. (His doctorate is in history.) “We’re interested in what people threw away and how we became a throwaway society.”
future anthropologist: Here we have a ritual item from the anthropocene era, used primarily by h. sapiens sapiens, that served many diverse functions depending on social context. It was used as a drinking vessel during occasions varying from everyday use to ritual celebration before, during, and after sporting events. There has been evidence found that these red cups were prevalent enough in society that songs were written in their honor, and that their presence in such large quantities in excavated middens suggests that, while having high ritual and social importance, they were often contradictorily discarded without any involved reverence.
Can you talk to me about Sandor's intentions and reasons for his actions the night of the blackwater?
Well I tried to! It ended up being ridiculously long because I got feelings.
First things first–I’m a little hesitant to use the words intentions and reasons to describe his actions that night. Not because he doesn’t have intentions or reasons for doing what he does, but because I think that the words “intentions” and, more specifically, “reasons” imply that he’s in control of himself. I don’t think he is by the end. (I also might be reading too much into your question. If I am, sorry!)
This thing also got so long I might cry. Also, ironically, the first two sections are much longer than the second two….sorry….
Here are the sections of them just so you know what you’re getting yourself into:
I. Sansa, Gregor, and True Knights II. Sandor and the Lannisters III. What you were actually asking for Part One (Blackwater: The River’s On Fire) IV. What you were actually asking for Part Two (Blackwater: Gentle Mother Font of Mercy)