I enjoy this in the same way I enjoy Doctor Who! It is entertainment.
Tonight was no exception. I watch BBC News for the serious stuff. The
Britarch discussion of Bonekickers is fascinating and I look forward to the
feedback from this week's episode!
From: "Trevor Dunkerley" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Bonekickers
> Dear List,
> Well Mark, you have absolutely excelled yourself this evening with the
> latest episode of Bonekickers!
> If list members wish to read the background to the enthralling nonsense
> tonight I suggest you read:
> Barrow, P., 1998, Slaves of Rapparee: The Wreck of the London, The
> Lazararus Press, Bideford, Devon ISBN 1 -898546 - 25 - 8
> Pat Barrow was an amateur archaeologist who shortly after 1971 discovered
> the bones of possible 'slaves' at Rapparee Cove, Ilfracombe, North Devon.
> Over the following years he was castigated and scapegoated for having
> suggested they could have been the bones of slaves. Bristol University
> carried out a study of the bones and I understand the results of the study
> were never published, or indeed the bones returned to North Devon.
> Pat's book is an interesting read - but who do we believe, the amateur, or
> the academics? I believe I know where the truth lies!
> This evening episode has done nothing at all for archaeology. It was
> sickening to watch, was total fantasy, and Dr. Mark Horton as advisor to
> the programme should be ashamed of himself and has absolutely no right at
> all to call himself an archaeologist!
> Well done Pat Barrow for having the courage to stand up against those who
> should know better.
> Kindest regards,
> http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.