Matthew sad news indeed.
Excellent thinking of the study possibilities.
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From: "Matthew Champion" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2005 7:57 PM
Subject: Late News - Anglo-Saxon building burns down.
> Dear all
> As some of you may already have heard a fire broke out a few days ago at
> the reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village of West Stow in Suffolk. One of
> the larger reconstructed houses was entirely destroyed (according to
> local reports) and its contents reduced to ashes. The police are
> treating the incident as suspicious (no jokes about them looking for
> thirty hairy Norse types in a longboat seen leaving the area - please!).
> Sad though the incident is I was struck by the opportunities the fire
> may have given to archaeologists. A great number of similar dwellings
> must have been destroyed by fire in the past. Has anyone ever been able
> to study the immediate aftermath of such a fire before? Is it possible
> to relate the gradual decay that will occur over the next few months at
> West Stow to excavated examples of similar dwellings? I am not sure what
> the plans are for reconstruction at present and wondered if the managers
> at the park might be prevailed upon to rebuild upon a fresh site -
> leaving the burnt remains to decay naturally.
> Just a thought.
> Matthew Champion