Oh no! The bit that had me rolling on the floor was when the randy professor
turns round and announces that he has the Carbon-14 dates, from the stuff
they had excavated earlier that day, and accurate to within 20 years -- in
my dreams! Why don't we all work for Wessex University?
Diana C. Briscoe
Archive of Anglo-Saxon Pottery Stamps
117 Cholmley Gardens
Fortune Green Road
London NW6 1UP
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On 8/7/08 11:31 PM, "Becky Wallower" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Actually the best bit was the feisty site director's flat in Royal Crescent.
> Just looked up house prices there and flats have been selling at £250,000
> for a studio up to $1.5m for the sort of thing she lived in.
> But then all the characters seemed to be finds specialists, dendro experts
> and geoarchs all rolled in to one so I guess they must be on appropriately
> generous salaries. Shame they seemed to know zero about conservation, finds
> processing, health and safety...
> And do you think digging at night might catch on?
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Amazing new geophysical techniques
> Miles Russell wrote:
>> Have just seen the most amazing documentary on the BBC concerning the
>> application of geophysical techniques to a non developer funded
>> investigation of an unknown cemetery within the heart of a world
>> heritage urban site in the west of England. For those that missed
>> out, apparently resistivity meters can now be re-calibrated in order
>> to detect 2,000 year old fragments of wood and also to accurately map
>> human skeletal remains down to the last bone. Had it not been on such
>> a reputable channel, I would never have believed it. Tomorrow I will
>> use the last of my departmental budget to buy this, obviously
>> essential, new piece of survey kit. No excavation can now surely be
>> without such a device.
>> Bit worried by the tone of the documentary though - seemed a bit too
>> excitable. Surely archaeology is duller than this?
> Perhaps you should take this up with Mark Horton, as he was the Series
> Adviser (an early press release says "consultant on the factual evidence and
> John Briggs