Very tempting Rodney, very tempting, or would that be going to far.
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From: "Rodney Gunner" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] How does archaeology get buried?
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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