Dangerous Archaeology

I’m a little slow on blogging this, but it’s too good to let it pass.

Most people know that archaeologists don’t spend their time running from falling boulders, or climbing out of snake pits, or being sucked into the sky by tornados. Or do they?

On Thursday last week (17th August 2006) a group of five archaeologists were sheltering from a storm in their site hut, in Baston, Lincolnshire, when it was whipped into the air by a freak tornado, and dropped to the ground some 70 feet away.

Archaeology can be full of danger and adventure after all…

Full story (from the BBC): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/5261198.stm

2 Responses to Dangerous Archaeology

  1. S.J. Redman 22 August, 2006 at 11:47 pm #

    This is indeed true. Although I think it is the case with any discipline that practices outdoor fieldwork. I once heard that geologists have rather low average life-spans in part because they get in so many car accidents looking at features off the road. I have no idea if that is actually true or not – but it sure sounds plausable.

  2. Lasalas 28 August, 2006 at 2:16 pm #

    It’s plausable – I find myself sometimes spending a little longer than is safe gazing out the car window at distant hills, inspecting earthworks. It’s a dangerous habbit!