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Archaeologist and Historian James Balme is well known for his many discoveries of ancient artefacts from the Prehistoric period through to the Roman occupation of Britain. But now join James as he explains how anyone can search their own land for evidence left behind in the soils from ancient times right through to the Victorians and even the 20th century.

 

Watch as James excavates a square metre test pit on his own land to demonstrate how anyone can research the place where they live and find artefacts that lay just below the surface providing datable finds that can reflect previous use of the land from previous generations. ...

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Modern builders tip all of the clag and left over waste from their sites onto the back plots and then turf over the top..... if you tried this in Westbrook or Kingswood; you would have enough bricks to build a small garage from a square metre of grass.... :lol:

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:shock: The pipes are made of white clay and can become highly polished after being in the ground for a long time. Probably dating from the early Victorian period upto around the early 1900's

 

the bigger the diameter of the hole in the clay pipe the older it is .... as manufacturing became more precise the easier to make a smaller bore in the pipe.

A complete pipe is quite impressive .... :roll:

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