[quote=Straws]I’ve read a fair bit about the attempts to come up with a system to deter future civilizations from digging in our nuclear waste. It’s such an interesting problem. Almost nothing will stop human curiosity, as we well know. I love that the best ideas are those creating a mythos concerning the waste.
In the end none of it will work and whatever civilization is here 10,000 years from now will hopefully be able to handle the wastes of our elementary attempt at controlling matter. We all know 12,000 AD is going to happen but to actually think about the people walking around digging holes at that point is something else entirely. I love it.[/quote]
Speculative archaeology! I read an article about this as a kid, it really messed with my sense of history. I knew that the pyramids and Ankgor Wat were old and stuff, but the idea that one day I’d be part of a long-vanished culture blew my mind. If memory serves, the article I read also suggested enormous pyramids covered in massive granite spikes and skulls. Unfortunately, that’s the international symbol for “dudes there’s totally some badass stuff down here!”