Trying to remeber a short story about alien archeologists
September 13, 2014 1:35 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to remember a short story I read years ago, in school probably, about alien archaeologists examining the only remains of earth after glaciers killed the last humans.

The story, as I remember it, starts with a small tribe travelling south to a mountain range, driven there by a glacier that has been encroaching as long as they have remembered. They are dismayed to crest the ridge and find more glaciers coming up from the south. They cache their last few treasures somewhere safe up the mountains and farm a few decades until the end.

The treasures have a few things, but the important things are a sphere with some radioactive material in it that lets alien archaeologists find the cache, and a flim strip. Then there is a section where the underwater aliens are shocked to find humans lived on land, and watch the film.

(Spoiler warning) At the end it is revealed that the film is a Walt Disney Mickey Mouse film.
posted by Canageek to Writing & Language (2 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Arthur C. Clarke's History Lesson?
posted by jetlagaddict at 1:45 PM on September 13, 2014 [7 favorites]

Response by poster: Thanks jetlagaddict, that is it.
posted by Canageek at 9:15 PM on September 13, 2014

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