Luis Murrell Posted 4 months ago Ziyah Gafić: Everyday objects, tragic histories I don't mean to be unserious, but the various objects he displayed made me think of preserving identity of the dead on a much longer timescale. Reread a book called THE EARTH AFTER US by geologist Jan Zalacewics. In describing the record humanity may leave in the rocks, he created a new category of archaelogical trace that would reflect our propensity for mass murder ("killichnia"). Imagine a future archaeologist coming upon a bed of bipedal fossils, perhaps skewed towards females and juveniles, with a scattering of small personal items like combs, keys, and glasses (the author showed how plastic and metal items like these could potentially fossilize). The layout of the fossils may show that the subjects died at the same time, or may show traumatic injury. Even if the names and faces are forgotten, the earth itself bears ultimate witness to our actions. A sobering thought.