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Below is the poem entitled ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD-TRIP JANUARY 29 TH 3011 - PART II which was written by poet Sidney Beck. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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(NOTE: If you have not already read  PART I,  then do so before you read this)

Though the buildings are gone long ago  
Our diggings in the places we felt were the main city  
Have unearthed   plastic  false-teeth and artificial heart-valves.
We  have also brought up plastic bowls and plastic bags and bottles, 
Probably used to carry artificially-flavoured  salted food.
(This would account for the false teeth.)
The marshy delta in the south arm of the bay 
Once supported a salt-evaporation industry.

These people knew how to use technology
And  were obviously technologically  advanced  - 
But a weak people physically. Let me show you why:
Here we see what seems may have been 
The foundations of a  great bridge across the bay  - 
And  engineering was a forte of these people.
This huge block of concrete you see in 
The middle of the water  may have been 
An artificial island to anchor two such bridges.
Movement and transport seems to have been in vehicles
And very little walking was done, (hence the heart-valve).
Huge concrete highways extended  from this city south,
Probably to  another of their cities, long gone.

Though important and widespread,
Transport was however a problem for these people,
Especially in the foggy weather which seems to be typical for  the place.
Underground we have found a complex 
Of tunnels which probably housed a movement system of sorts,
Unaffected by the treacherous climate.
And not just  land transport, but sea too.
It doesn’t look like it to our eyes, but this was a major port, 
And under the waters  of the bay
Can be found many artifacts of ships and cargoes.

Those seven or eight small hills to the south 
Of the baymouth are covered today in natural forests of sessile oak 
And shrubbery of peach-     and   grape-bearing plants 
But there are still some large Euro-latin buildings
Poking through the growth.   It seems to have been 
A prosperous residential area  of the city.

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