>>Peter Twinn wrote:
Look at the Staffs hoard; I see no reason why there are not many more archaeological sites and artefacts' remaining to be
I carried out some rural fieldwork in the mid 80s and discovered that an area that was apparently well known for its extant archaeology revealed sites also extant that had never been recorded including some very impressive sites.
The question of whether there is anything left to find lies in the realms of the archaeological naive. With regard to the UK only, we have only 'found'/'discovered' a minimum of potential knowledge of the past of these islands. We may have noted and recorded the obvious extant sites, those easily visible on the surface, but there has to be in statistical terms many more sites/locations where equally valuable evidence exists.
In recent years we have discovered impressive hoards of material, through straight archaeology as well as MDing, which have given much thought to the reinterpretation to different phases of the past. I believe that we will encounter many more such hoards, more evidence that our past is not exactly how we have perceived it to be.
I have the feeling that it might be just in saying that one day the term 'Dark Ages' will be replaced by the 'Glistening Ages', when we finally realise that Britain never quite declined as much as we might like to believe, after the end of the Roman period. Society in general didn't change much, especially in the rural areas which contained most of the island's population, it is the realisation of governing classes that we will see the the greatest re-interpretation.