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The Small Things

Living with an archaeologist, and having spent a very little time at her dig site, I came to appreciate how it’s about the small things. Hell, when I was digging, I was excited to be digging up rocks, because at least it wasn’t just sand or dirt.

Anyway, Stacy reports a major find on her site: an 1884 nickel. It might seem a small thing, but as Stacy points out, this is a community that hoped to abolish a cash economy. What does it say that they had coins around which they (theoretically) couldn’t exchange?

Congratulations to her and her crew.