The last thing you want to see when you leave the house is your home getting rusted from rust and falling apart from neglect.
That’s why the American Civil Liberties Union of California and the Institute for Public Affairs Research, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has teamed up with a team of archaeologists to identify historic antiques from around the world that may help protect the homes of future generations.
The researchers will be visiting sites across the country to examine antique and modern homes from around Asia and Africa and use historical documentation to show how these homes were constructed.
The team will also conduct research on how they were used in various countries and in various eras.
They’ll look for evidence of architectural patterns, like what’s called a ‘bulk of antiques’ — the homes that were built as a single building — and they’ll also look for patterns like how the homes are arranged and decorated, like how many people lived in them and how they are decorated.
The findings will also help the government understand how old these homes may have been and whether the homes were built properly.
“The purpose of this research is to provide information about antiques that have historically been used in homes across the world,” said Rebecca Pfeiffer, an archaeologist at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, who is part of the team.
“We’re hoping to use this information to educate the public about the history of these historic structures.”
This study was funded by the Department, National Science Foundation and the Department’s Bureau of Archaeological Research and Preservation.