How to become a citizen archaeologist tracking Stone-Age Britons

Started by gash, July 19, 2016, 12:14:32 pm

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It looks like a long way to the prehistoric dig site, and there's a lot of slippery mud separating me from it. But I have more to worry about than face-planting into the estuary. "We actually need to give you the safety talk," says Andy Sherman, an archaeologist with Museum of London Archaeology.

As we stand in a battering wind looking out at the muddy beach at Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, he tells me there are at least three ways to get killed here: walking on an unexploded bomb, stepping into quicksand, or ignoring the tide timetable. The sea sweeps in behind the dig, cutting off anyone foolhardy enough to venture out at the wrong moment.

So why are we here? Well, coastal archaeology has an urgency you get nowhere else. The sea reveals whatever our ancestors left in the mud with no warning. And then, just as quickly, it can wash them away forever.


Full article here :  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2097620-how-to-become-a-citizen-archaeologist-tracking-stone-age-britons/
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