Digging archaeology

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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10th November, 2012
Question: “Worldwide, archaeologists ‘dig’ to uncover past civilisations’ structures. What puzzles me is why they are underground. We’re not creating more earth; indeed, to the contrary, thousands of tons of silt flow into the sea annually. The earth, occasional earthquakes excepted, is not evidently rising so how is it that all sites of yesteryear are now underground?” – Sir Robert Jones Answer: Victoria University archaeologist Bruce McFadgen says the reason we find so many archaeological sites underground is that the more exposed sites have ...

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