Ellie Dewdney highlights the how not to of infrastructure and archaeology…
Originally posted on National Trust Places:
In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures.
As discussed in the previous post ‘Can you dig it? Infrastructure and archaeology’ it is difficult to deny the fact that infrastructure projects can help reveal unexpected archaeological finds. But excavation is essentially a destructive process. Although objects and artefacts can often be removed from the ground they are still isolated from their original context.
The HS2 line has already proved a highly controversial prospect and this post looks into why, archaeologically, it could be considered as detrimental.
Hindsight is a powerful tool in this discussion. Certain other projects have failed to handle archaeological discoveries in an appropriate way.
If we return to…
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