Tuesday, August 07, 2012

There's a BIG future in archaeology!

They're still digging away at Silchester - the Roman and Iron Age site near Reading, where the team from the University of Reading's Department of Archaeology have been busy for at least six weeks every year.

In fact, as they go, they're unearthing more history - literally. Professor Michael Fulford came into the studio today to tell me all about the iron age cat they found at the bottom of a well, and why there are so few human bodies on the site. We think it's because the Iron Age settlers didn't bury their dead, but quite what they did with them is still unknown...
Michael said there is so much to uncover at Silchester that, if they continued digging at the rate they are (six long, hard weeks a year) it would take several thousand years to excavate.
Amazing also to think that while experts are digging away in the earth, NASA has also just landed its roving mobile laboratory to dig away beneath the surface of Mars.

Via http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/annediamond/2012/08/theres_a_big_future_in_archaeo.html