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LETTER OF THE MONTH

NEW ARCHAEOLOGY

We can blame Richard III for the recent public interest in disturbing our famous dead. Yet considering the ease and decency of the recent survey undertaken at Shakespeare’s grave using radar equipment, I don’t know why such tools aren’t used elsewhere more. Without moving an inch of soil, many Shakespeare rumours – of 18-feet-deep vaults, curses and hidden manuscripts – were revised.

But there are many other possible ‘what ifs’ to reveal, such as Harald Hardrada being buried beneath a common road, or an ancient queen under Waterloo Station. We live in an age of wonderful technology, unknown to past archaeologists, who bust apart tombs without care or consequence. And with public interest at an all-time high in finding people or sites swallowed by history, I think more should be done to expand the venture, when we can do so without disturbing any of them. Matthew Wilson

West Midlands

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