1. ALUMINUM CAN
The civilization must have had materials to extract
bauxite from rocks and create aluminum because
that is what the can is made of. There was also
colored ink since the can is colored black, golden,
white and red. That must have required
appropriate equipment. The can previously
contained liquid because the contents were
measured in milliliters. The can was sealed with a
piece of metal, perhaps to keep the contents fresh.
A tradition may have been to drink the contents of
the can and place the piece of metal in the can
because that is where it was found.
• The screw must have been made of iron or steel
because the bottom has started to rust. They
must have had some kind of machine to wield the
metal to form the spiral and hexagon at the head
of the screw. The must have been used to keep
parts together, and add strength because that is
what the spiral indicates. A tool with a hexagon
shaped tip must have fit into the head the screw
to push it into objects. The society must have had
a good understanding of building.
3. BABY SUNGLASSES
• The civilization must have had materials to make
plastic from crude oil because that is what the dark
lenses and the frame are made of. The band is made of
a stretchy synthetic material. It is man-made. There
was english writing and numbers on it proving that the
civilization knew english. There is a strap adjuster made
of velcro, indicating that the civilization knew how to
make velcro and that they have different sized heads.
An assumption is that the climate must have been hot
and sunny enough to use sun glasses or perhaps they
were a fashion statement back then. If it was sunny
then the people must have understood how sunlight
can damage children’s eyes.
4. CRACKERBREAD BOX
• The box is made of cardboard, meaning they knew how to make it from trees and how to
shape it. They must also have had machines to color it, because the box was yellow and the
writing was in several different colors. Other than English, there are several other European
languages on it, meaning that the product must and have been international, also proving
that their must have been an efficient trade system in Europe between those countries at the
• One of the ingredients was wheat. To grow the wheat they must have had cool weather and
soil to grow it, and laborers to harvest it. The flour in the product is made from wheat. They
must also have the machinery to process the wheat and turn it into flour. The package says
that the product might contain milk and/or soya. They must have had cows to get the milk
from, and they must of known how to harvest soya if there were traces of those items in the
• The box says ‘125g’. That must have been the amount of food in the package when it was first
made and grams would probably have been part of their measurement system back then.
The box was ripped when it was found. The box must have been sealed at first, and hen
probably ripped open by someone, possibly to access the contents inside. There must have
been a type of machinery to seal the package. Maybe the box was sealed to keep the
• The box has a recycling tag on it, meaning there must have been a way to recycle cardboard
back then. There is a website written on the box. It might have been the company’s website,
and the fact that they have a website proves that the Internet existed back then.
• There is a barcode on the box, meaning they had scanner machines to identify the code.
5. PLAYMOBIL CATALOG
• A multi colored catalog made out of paper and glossy
plastic, they must have used a machine to stick the
plastic on to the paper. The catalogue contains
different kinds of colorful plastic toys for children. The
company who made this catalogue must have known
how to make paper glossy, they might have also known
how to color or paint plastic and they might also know
how to melt and mold plastic into new toys (recycled
plastic). The toys that are displayed inside the
catalogue had numbers on them and they were also for
selling. They also how to measure because there was
some measurements in centimeters and inches, and
they also know how to count numbers they had
numbers on the page.
• The card is made of glossy paper, which
proves that the civilization had trees and the
ability to make paper, using machines because
it is man-made. It must also have had plastic
to make the paper glossy. The card has colors,
which means that ink was present back then.
The people probably knew what bees were
because they are printed on the card. Since
the number 9 is presented in 3 different ways I
can assume that this was a teaching tool.