The year is 5007 A.D. Civilizations have risen and fallen and Archeologists are digging in a huge "mound" not unlike the mounds in central Ohio that ancient archeologists of another ancient civilization found to be so fruitful in studying an even more ancient civilization. These present day archeologists of the year 5007 have also studied the accounts of ancient mounds found in Europe and in England near a monument called "Stonehenge". The scholars are digging in a mound in eastern North Dakota and have unearthed some puzzling relics and artifacts which they are busily cleaning with brushes and sorting in preparation for cataloging and being moved to a modern museum near what used to be the ancient city of Chicago, long gone but its ruins have been excavated and it is now a tourist site in the ancient midwestern part of what used to be the United States of America. The USA has been long gone as is ancient Europe…victims of socialist societies that went way too far and the nations fell into financial, social,and cultural ruin. Only the spotted owls and a genus of newts has survived the disasters which befell the USA about 1500 years ago. Now the archeologists are trying to find the secret to the ancient civilization in the huge mound in eastern North Dakota. The archeologists are sitting amid a pile of white bottles and some mysterious objects which resemble cloth but are definitely NOT cloth. The Diggers are discussing their recent finds in the ancient mound.
"This white bottle says ‘c-a-s-s-c-l-a-y-2-%-milk’. Do any of you know what milk is?"
"I have read of ‘milk’ in some of my archeological journals; it was a drink made from liquids of large mammals but it was abandoned as a drink long ago in both the United States and European civilizations"
"Why was this given up?"
"None of the scientists have been able to determine the reason but some have speculated that the people of the ancient United States became too large to walk from drinking and eating such things as this thing called ‘milk’ ".
"Ah, yes…I remember studying this cultural phenemenon also; many other ancient societies changed their food choices also such as the ancient civilization in what was once the Kingdom of Pakistan…their civilization became powerful when they began eating pork, ham and bacon but the civilization died when too many of them got trampled by the swine they had to nurture in order to satisfy their appetites for the meat called pork."
Another member of the archeological "dig" is studying the large pile of the cloth like objects.
"I think these cloth-like garments must have been part of the ancient religion…probably they were used as prayer shawls or in some similar worshipful manner."
"Why can I smell ammonia emanating from them?"
One scientist puts the cloth-like object closer to his nose and takes a deep breath.
"The ammonia smell is extremely strong from one particular area of this cloth"
"Look! They must have used the powder of the cocoa bean in their worship as the Ancient Mayan Civilization did…there are brown stains within the cloth-like object"
The "Sniffer" in the group puts the brown stained cloth like object near his nose and exclaims, "This is NOT cocoa powder!"
"Here, let me smell the object"……………."Peee-hew! This is definitely not Cocoa Bean Powder….this smells like human………I hate to say the word but it smells like S – - – !
What kind of Savages would use THAT in their worship ceremonies…..but they must have done it! There are masses of these cloth-like objects in this mound…the whole mound is almost totally made up of the cloth- like objects and all of them are……..polluted."
"I think we shall end this dig of these mounds; the relics have been very disappointing and this civilization was definitely not a sophisticated or cultured one. Imagine, using ………I cannot say it……in their religious rites."
There are more mounds like this one to the south. Let us go there and see if those ancient people had better cultural patterns than this one did."
The archeologists pick up their digging tools and leave the area, still puzzled by the strange white bottles made of an unknown substance and the very strange cloth-like relics stained with………..never mind.