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PostPosted: Tue 18 Aug, 2009 7:21 am    Post subject: Bronze Age burial in Scotland with bronze dagger         Reply with quote

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scot...792763.ece
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Aug, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ain't that cool?? We Bronze Age folks are definitely looking forward to more about it. LOTS of organic stuff, for one thing! Just another 10 or 15 years should bring more details....

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Aug, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sounds really good! I can hardly wait to see some pictures...
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Aug, 2009 9:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew Amt wrote:
Ain't that cool?? We Bronze Age folks are definitely looking forward to more about it. LOTS of organic stuff, for one thing! Just another 10 or 15 years should bring more details....

Matthew


Will it really take that long matt Sad Sad ?

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Aug, 2009 12:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hah, you think archeologists *dig* slowly? You should see how slowly they WRITE. Granted, there is a (not completely universal) trend towards improving this, but it can still take WAY too long for official publication of archeological finds. Some things never do get published, or just stuck away in some library that only archeologists have access to.

Even large and important sites can be horribly delayed. The Corbridge hoard was found in the early 1960s, but didn't get published for a good 20 years. Dura Europas was dug up around 1930, and the volume on the military equipment was finally assembled and published just a couple years ago. The digs from Caesar's siegeworks at Alesia in the 19th century were never officially published. Museum storage rooms in places like Greece are stuffed with artifacts that have never been properly cataloged and published. Obviously things can get lost in the meantime, along with excavation notes, context drawings and photos, etc., meaning a crucial loss of information. And the tidbits and rumors that do slip through can lead to any number of strange and very inaccurate conclusions and persistent factoids.

The Internet is helping some! And I believe the Netherlands has a policy saying that any data not published within a certain timespan becomes public domain. THAT's cool! Use it or lose it, guys!

So, WILL we ever have access to the hard data from this extremely important find? I sure hope so!

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Aug, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Matthew Amt wrote:
Hah, you think archeologists *dig* slowly? You should see how slowly they WRITE.


They are very fast by their measure but they unfortunately use a " geological time scale ": When the Continents are a few more few apart you will finally have their report(s). Razz Laughing Out Loud

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