I have uploaded to Vimeo some clips from Bill Rathje’s TV appearances – explaining, promoting, getting passionate about garbage! Bill Rathje – Garbologist from Michael Shanks on Vimeo.
Bill (Rathje) used to comment on the irony of garbage – “in sight and out of mind” … Here at Disney the garbage cans are everywhere, and the place completely spotless.
My two new books are out this month. Both offer new views of archaeology – as human engagement with the remains of the past, and as design practice (and influenced by my shift into design thinking). [Link] [Link]
From the archives of Bill Rathje – some images of his life and work. More at archaeographer.com – [Link]
Archaeology in the Making is in production – [Link] I am editor with Bill Rathje and Chris Witmore. With many friends and colleagues we explore the human face of archaeology. Chris and I have added a post script to the Preface about Bill Rathje and Lew Binford. Lew Binford passed away during the final preparation […]
Bill Rathje died last Friday. Inventor of garbology, pioneer in anthropological approaches to contemporary material culture, expert in ancient civilizations, prescient, daring, and, above all, a great and warm person, larger than life. He had been ill for a long while, but I always thought he’d get better when his doctors found the right medication, […]