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Archaeology in British Towns: From the Emperor Claudius to by Patrick Ottaway

By Patrick Ottaway

During this authoritative quantity, Patrick Ottaway attracts on his large adventure of city archaeology to teach how our belief of the early background of British cities has been extensively replaced during the last twenty 5 years.
in line with his each day involvement within the box, this learn highlights one of the most vital discoveries and examine topics of modern years, displaying how long-term city examine tasks have published new information regarding cities and the lives in their inhabitants.
good illustrated and hugely readable, this quantity bargains a sequence of enticing and evocative case reviews. It additionally highlights the paintings of the city archaeologist, and the issues inherent in maintaining our earlier, while the pursuits of archaeology and estate improvement conflict.

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The problem with relying on coins for dating is that they are not usually found as frequently as one would like. It is only coins of the later third and fourth centuries, when inflation was rampant in the Roman empire, that are at all common as site finds. The most important artefact for dating urban archaeological contexts is therefore pottery. Because pottery was usually cheap to produce in the past and because a pot is fragile and frequently broken, while the material itself is virtually indestructible, pot sherds are plentiful on most urban excavations.

This is a highly skilled job requiring great patience and the ability to recognise features which may not be apparent on an X-radiograph, such as the remains of textile or leather which has corroded on to the metal. Finally the object will be stored in environmentally stable conditions with moisture and temperature strictly controlled to prevent further corrosion and preserve it in good condition for further research. Organic findsÐfrom beetles to bodies In our discussion of finds we have so far concentrated on man-made objects, but another important development in archaeological research in recent years is the analysis of organic material, which includes not only the bones of humans and other animals, but also plant remains, insects and even micro-organisms such as 36 URBAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS AT WORK parasite eggs.

Compared to their forebears in the twelfth century they had a much greater variety of meat including veal and sucking pig. The bone material showed, moreover, that the meat was no longer cut off the carcass on the premises, but arrived as small joints prepared on a commercial basis by a specialist butcher. Other dietary novelties included a range of game birds and imported figs and grapes. Deserving a place in our attention equal to that of food is the subject of cleanliness and sanitation. Insect remains are of particular value in this respect because, while animals and plants may move or be moved from their natural habitat, insects usually die where they lived.

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