Sunday, November 27, 2011

More Roman burials

More Roman burials
http://www.acagle.net/ArchaeoBlog/?p=14311

Here:

The discovery of a child's grave containing an almost perfect pottery flagon, which could date to the early Roman period between 70 and 120 AD, could be crucial.

Cotswold Archaeology project manager Cliff Bateman said: "If the child's burial can be dated to this time, this could be highly significant. It could challenge the current belief amongst archaeologists that inhumation burials were not common practice until the later Roman period between the late second and fourth century.

One thing kind of bothered me about this article: Mr Bateman added: "It's amazing so much archaeology has survived the comprehensive building works in the 1960s."

It's that noun-ization of 'archaeology', making it equivalent to artifacts. Has that been used much before, say, the last couple or few years? I have to say, I'm a bit uncomfortable with it, although I suppose it does make nice shorthand for 'cultural remains' or whatever. I can't think of another single word that more or less covers all types of remains, artifactual and biological, zoological, etc. Still, it grates on me for some reason.