Everyday Archaeologists: Great Discoveries Made by Ordinary People

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Sometimes great historical finds are made by everyday people. Recently, I came across the story of a man who discovered a massive, and historically very significant, Roman villa — while digging in his garden in England to lay some wire. It’s easy for an American such as myself to forget about the vast amount of history hidden just beneath the surface of normal life elsewhere in the world. In the northeastern USA, you might hear about someone finding a bullet from the 1700s, or maybe a Native American arrowhead, but for the most part, archaeology for much of the United States abruptly stops at Jamestown (with some notable exceptions).

But throughout the “older world” countries, history can pop up just about anywhere. A National Geographic article from last year details just some of the amazing finds that have been made while digging the foundations for buildings in London. Many of…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

Posted on August 15, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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