• NCR Regional Archeology Program

    NCR Regional Archeology Program


Themes in Time

Playthings of the Past — Planet of the Apes Action Figure

Action Figure

Planet of the Apes action figure.

Artifacts do not have to be hundreds of years old to reveal facts about the area from which they were recovered. This plastic figure from the Planet of the Apes movie series, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, was recovered from an archeological site located on the Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland. While its historical value is questionable, the recovery of a modern object from the soil immediately surrounding a nineteenth century building tells archeologists that the ground has been disturbed and that the discrete soil layers that build up over time are probably mixed together.

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