British Museum To Display Minoans' Single-Use Clay Cup The cup thrown aside some 3,500 years ago was created by members of an early European civilization. Archaeologists found so many, that may be single-use items — signs of ancient prosperity.

British Museum To Display Minoans' Single-Use Clay Cup

British Museum To Display Minoans' Single-Use Clay Cup

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The cup thrown aside some 3,500 years ago was created by members of an early European civilization. Archaeologists found so many, that may be single-use items — signs of ancient prosperity.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The British Museum is preserving a disposable cup. It's not one of those clear, plastic wine glasses used at this year's holiday parties. No, it's a clay cup thrown aside some 3,500 years ago. It was made by Minoans, members of an early European civilization. Archaeologists found so many thrown away they appear to be single-use items, signs of ancient prosperity and also signs that human beings have always had to manage waste.

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