Does anyone know of any sources for disposal sites of animal plague
burials? Our contaminated land people certainly don't.
The rush came up through a combination of chances. Arup are carrying out
geotechnical pitting for a potential new reservoir at Cheddar. By a
stange combination of being an archaeologist, having lived in the area
for many years, being a biochemist by training, and having a relative
still living in the area, I found they are digging in a field where I
know there are anthrax cattle burials from immediately post-WWI. It's a
bit of a giveaway that the field is still known to local farmers as
'Anthrax'. Luckily I managed to get on to Bruton Knowles to warn them,
and they are telling their field guys to steer clear. The old chap who
told me originally owned the field, and had personally witnessed the
burials. He also, alarmingly, told me that there were quite a few other
pits, but I don't know where.
Has it ever been a problem for anyone? And are field staff ever
innoculated against anthrax? The innoculation effects are bad (believe
me!), but the disease is usually much worse..
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