Thursday, October 6, 2011

Archaeology in Europe

Archaeology in Europe

Roman Finds

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Archaeological artefacts uncovered

Fresh finds have been made at the site of a Roman villa unearthed at one of the most important archaelogical sites in the South East. The discoveries were made by archaeologists and a huge team of volunteers digging at a clifftop at Folkestone.

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Archaeology degrees stuck in the (far distant) past

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:53 AM PDT

Curricula ignoring modern professional needs and UK's industrial heritage. Matthew Reisz reports
Archaeology students face a growing disparity between what they are taught at university and the skills they need in the modern profession, an academic has warned.

Marilyn Palmer, emeritus professor of industrial archaeology at the University of Leicester, said she was unhappy that pressures on academics had in many cases led to reductions in fieldwork, since this tends to be what gets students "hooked" on the subject.

But her main concern is that much of what is taught on archaeology courses, however intellectually challenging for those who go on to work in unrelated sectors, is "not relevant to the needs of the archaeological profession" in the UK.

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Archaeology works start at heritage centre site

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 06:51 AM PDT

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have begun preliminary investigations at the site of the new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre.

Focused on the car park in the area of the proposed new centre, the dig hopes to uncover evidence of the ancient Roman road which is thought to travel through the site.

Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services at the National Trust for Scotland, said: "Prior to the 1950s, this land was agricultural fields and earlier archaeological features may survive below the tarmac.

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