What does it mean?

Lot 81 and other archaeology 350The things that people make and use … what do they mean?

Artifacts tell stories, and although an artifact may be spectacular in and of itself, it is the context of the artifact that it is so important to the story.

The things that people use, even those we are most familiar with, can each have many different meanings depending on:
who is using it,
when they are using it,
and why they are using it.