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Archaeologists need new home for six tonnes of Northamptonshire artefacts
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Sith Wrote:Isn't there a historical precedent for 'landfilling' with unwanted artefacts. I'm sure I read somewhere that Wheeler's excavations at Maiden Castle were backfilled with material that a local museum wanted to get rid of, and that when the 1980s excavations started they began to unearth moth-eaten exotica such as Bengal tigers etc.


I recall photographs of a crocodile.....

...actually this is probably a case of just misjudging the public perception and understanding of archaeological finds . If CLASP had announced that they had 6 tonnes of finds that required storage, of which a proportion was human bone, I guess that would have at least prompted a letter to The Times from 44 distinguished archaeology professors and their friends, stating a whole list of reasons it shouldn't be buried, should be available to researchers etc etc ...
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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