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SpecialpOps t1_jcme680 wrote

The article says information about the site will be fully recorded. Does this mean that they are going to just collect data and then bury it over or tear it down and build a supermarket? What happens to this kind of stuff England?


Tobacco_Bhaji t1_jcmldg5 wrote

Unless it's in the middle of nowhere, it usually gets preserved where it is. So they uncover as much as they can, record everything they can about it, then preserve it right there and build a layer over it such that it can safely be built upon.

If they didn't do this, there'd be nowhere to live. I live in Gloucester along a stream. It is absolutely guaranteed that if we were to dig around under my house, there'd be artefacts of some sort.


SpecialpOps t1_jcmr19i wrote

That makes a lot of sense, thank you for taking the time to explain a bit about it. When I was younger, and my parents moved into what became their permanent home, it was on grounds that American Civil War was fought on.

People would dig for your gardens and find Civil War bullets and other artifacts that had just been strewn about the woods the neighborhood was built in.

I am a big fan of preserving the past, so it’s great that those sites are going to exist as they were left by previous cultures.


fonefreek t1_jcoggco wrote

Was it haunted?


SpecialpOps t1_jcohh6f wrote

That would have been really cool if there where interesting things happening but it was just a regular, old house.


WhoIsMauriceBishop t1_jcomc02 wrote

Couldn't help but notice you didn't exactly answer the question...

Why are you hoarding the ghosts?


SpecialpOps t1_jcoo14x wrote

Nothing to see here. Just move along…

(continues to play backgammon and drink bourbon with Civil War ghosts)


SeenSoFar t1_jcr5lpp wrote

What does a drunken ghost fight look like?


_PM_Me_Game_Keys_ t1_jcmpx2g wrote

Are artifacts not of much monetary value because there are so many? Like why not dig around or just not worth the effort.


Tobacco_Bhaji t1_jcmqoqk wrote

If you find something like this, it belongs to the state. You only get compensated on a strict schedule. The monetary value might very well be high, but there's nobody to sell it to other than the state ... who can only give you a fixed rate.


AnArgonianSpellsword t1_jcogm2s wrote

Well it depends on a lot of factors. For roman mosaics they were an expression of wealth, with wealthier individuals having both more of them and better quality ones. It's estimated that about 2000 were made in just the UK, of which 150 have been found. They're also difficult to move, as it's an entire concrete floor with the tiny coloured tiles stuck into it.


RandomUsername12123 t1_jcmp73z wrote

A lot of buildings decided to put some kind of glass over it and display it, it would be nice to see some sections of it while shopping


mit-mit t1_jcofsk0 wrote

In Chester there used to be a Spud-U-Like where you could just go downstairs and see a roman spa! Not signposted or anything but it was part of a roman history trail.


bjjadh t1_jcvhipr wrote

One day dear Maximus, our children’s children will be able to spa and get potatoes in the same place!! But for now we must bask in our loins without delicious root vegetables at our arms reach, until the sovereignty of Rome has the foresight to accept our planning permissions without stabbing someone in the back. - a Roman dreamer *probably


Amzy29 t1_jcmkska wrote

“Oxford Archaeology said that following consultations with Historic England and Milton Keynes Council, the mosaic has been preserved in situ.

It means materials have been placed over the brickwork to protect it, to allow construction to continue without causing damage.”


Johnnymi25 t1_jcmvp0r wrote

If they were to cart it away they’d probably have to bag it themselves.



Victor_C t1_jcn56i9 wrote

I hope they do what they did in Italy when McDonald’s uncovered a Roman road while construction of a new restaurant. In that case they uncovered all they could and then put glass over it.


DMMMOM t1_jcnykdc wrote

Near me they found a Roman villa when excavating for a housing estate. They documented it and built over it.