Friday, 8 February 2013

Comparing England and Italy

One discussion at Cambridge this week involved a comparison between the removal of archaeological material from the ground in Italy and in England. Imagine that an individual digs down in a field in Italy and finds a Roman ivory mask. At the same time, another individual digs down into a field in northern England and finds a Roman bronze helmet.

How do the two events differ?

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