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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 04:59 AM

Flag Fen hosts 'crowdsourced' Bronze Age archaeology dig

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19192220


Some 80 members of the public have come to help the excavation, and many more have come to observe


A first-of-its-kind "crowdsourced and crowdfunded" archaeological dig at Cambridgeshire's Flag Fen has finished.

It is the site of a Bronze-Age "causeway" of millions of preserved timbers that are rotting away as groundwater recedes from the site.

The not-for-profit Digventures team raised 27,000 from members of the public who then joined in an expert-led dig to excavate parts of the site.

Flag Fen's discoverer Francis Pryor called it "terrifically rewarding".

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xchrom Aug 2012 OP
Curmudgeoness Aug 2012 #1
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #2
mammoth hunter Aug 2012 #3
Judi Lynn Aug 2012 #4

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 09:22 PM

1. Gee, I would like to do that!

Too bad it is further away than I am willing to go to work.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 04:31 AM

2. 3,000 years preserved until the recent past. Anyone connected with this experience

is involved in something very important.

Hope to hear a lot more about this.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Aug 14, 2012, 08:19 PM

3. similar project

This community based dig is really neat. We have a mammoth excavation going in eastern Washington State, USA. Three guys in their sixties chipped in a couple of thousand dollars each to get the ball rolling and numerous community volunteers have devoted two weekends a month to begin unearthing a Columbian mammoth buried in deposits from up to four of the great outburst floods of Glacial Lake Missoula. A recent carbon 14 date says that the animal is 17,449 years old. Furthermore, we are reaching out to school kids to get involved and many have responded positively. The project goes by the name "MCBONES Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig". Do an internet search.

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Response to mammoth hunter (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 06:08 AM

4. Thank you for breaking the news here. Best wishes. Hope to hear more.

Welcome to D.U., mammoth hunter.

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