Can you dig it? Infrastructure and past archaeological mistakes

Ellie Dewdney highlights the how not to of infrastructure and archaeology…

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.

What a HS2 train could look like. What a HS2 train could look like.

Past Mistakes

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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About Dr Nick

Dr Nick Snashall is Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. She is fascinated by prehistoric stones, large and small, and their potential for unlocking the secrets of our past. Nick is co-director of Living with Monuments (an AHRC funded research project aiming to address our lack of knowledge of Neolithic settlement and non-monumental activity through targetted fieldwork and archival research into the Avebury region) and Ground -Truthing Stonehenge’s ‘Superhenge’: excavations at Durrington Walls (Current Archaeology's 2017 Research Project of the Year)

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