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John,

That question may cause a lot of arguments pro and against.  Should we even
consider using mechanical diggers for anything but top soil stripping?  I
have my views on this and feel that we shouldn't I wonder what others would
think.  I know this is one of the arguments our MD friends raise a lot

Rob
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From: "jamesbk" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2005 9:30 PM
Subject: Re: Using mechanical mini-excavators for archaeological excavation


> John
>
> I used one (driven by the contractor, but interested!) on trial trenching
on
> gravels at Ardersier - I fell in love with it.  They are neat, quick, and
> give a good finish.
>
> Every home should have one!
>
> James Kenworthy
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>
> > Does anyone have any experience of using mechanical mini-excavators on
> > archaeological sites?  I mean, driven by archaeologists, specifically
for
> > archaeological purposes.
>