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?
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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