Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Drive-By Archaeology
As our landscape continues to develop, with new uses supplanting older ones, earlier features are often obliterated by the wrecking ball and the bulldozer. Sometimes, however, incongruous clues to the past remain: they may be purposefully created, as the miniature sand trap at the Shoppes may have been, incorporated into the development much as an old stone wall fronting a new house, or just left as a forgotten remnant like a chicken coop or hunter's shelter moldering in the woods at the edge of an industrial park or housing cluster.