The problems of urban archaeology

Archaeologists are used to working in fields, on moors, in deserts even. Sometimes they are called in to explore ground uncovered by major building work. But they rarely dig up car parks.

In this video, Mathew Morris from University of Leicester Archaeological Services, fieldwork director on the Greyfriars Project, discusses the particular problems faced by archaeologists searching for medieval remains among the 19th/20th century buildings which make up most of our modern cities.

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