There seems to be a lot of discussions on how archeology gets buried, is there any one on this list who would put an article together for my newsletter, as its a thought provoking discussion.
Rodney Gunner, Worthing Archaeological Society.
> Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 14:38:20 +0000
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] How does archaeology get buried?
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> The first concept to help you understand the answer to your question is what exactly is soil.
> Soil is a mixture of minerals and organic material.
> However much of archaeology isn't actually soil either, not in the true sense of it, but deposition of material in other ways other than soil which is generally 'created' in situ.
> Soil does move under gravity but not very far and most certainly does not migrate 'en mass', even as wind blown, apart from the occasional mudslide.
> > Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:21:32 +0100> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [BRITARCH] How does archaeology get buried?> To: [log in to unmask]> > It's an obvious question and the answer appears obvious but it isn't.> > Based on the simple principle of conservation of matter, the soil > surrounding any archaeology must come from somewhere.> > So, for every site that is increasing in depth there must be a site which is > decreasing.> > Now obviously soil tends to flow downhill, so I can understand why valleys > get deeper, and human occupation is another good "excuse" to explain > steadily increasing soil levels, but as far as I can see almost all UK > archaeology is getting steadily deeper and deeper, including unoccupied > sites on hills.> > So where is all this soil coming from?> > 1. windblown dust?> 2. outer space?> > And why are church yards being buried? I can understand that a household > will be throwing out rubbish like ash and pots that don't rot down, but a > church yard is basically a site for the composting of organic bodies, and if > its anything like my compost bin, it seems that no matter how much you put > in it just keeps shrinking. Surely the 10s of feet around some churches > can't all be just powdered bone (or can it?).> > Could it be that most of the soil around a church was brought there on > people's feet from the fields?> > Just for interest - has anyone actually done research to find the origin of > all that soil?> > Mike
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