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More Car Park Archaeology!

Once again, significant finds have been made in a car park. No, it’s not Richard III, but it’s pretty equally cool for archaeologists. This time, a team has unearthed an Early Saxon burial ground in the village of Haddenham, just outside the Three Kings pub. The nine individuals represent a range of ages and genders and date to around the 6th century AD.

On Looting and Relic Hunting

On Looting and Relic Hunting

A friend of mine recently posted an article on my Facebook wall talking about the issues of relic hunting. And here’s the thing: I don’t know where I stand on the matter. I would say I dislike relic hunting the most, but I can’t sit here and say that it’s completely and utterly wrong. Looting is an even greyer area that often causes me to spend hours contemplating the motivations behind it. Many archaeologists will disagree with me on this, but I’m not so certain looting is necessarily bad. Let me explain…

Stratigraphy: Why do Archaeologists Care about Dirt?

Stratigraphy: Why do Archaeologists Care about Dirt?

Archaeology wouldn’t be able to do the vast majority of what it does without a solid foundation in stratigraphy and soil layers.  Most of the relations between objects, peoples, and eras come from an understanding of these two concepts.  If…

Archaeology 101: What We Find

Archaeology 101: What We Find

Dirt. Archaeologists primarily find dirt, dirt, and more dirt. Many people engaging in archaeology for the first time are surprised at how much dirt we move over the course of an excavation, and rightfully so. But archaeologists do find quite a few other things, and they talk a lot about what they’ve found. So what is it that we look for in archaeology, and how do we categorize our finds?

Trenches and Grids: How do Archaeologists Dig?

Trenches and Grids: How do Archaeologists Dig?

There are many things that go into excavation, many of which I will discuss in future posts. For right now, though, let’s talk about general excavations strategies.

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