Everyday Archaeologists: Great Discoveries Made by Ordinary People
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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