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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Hi Ralph welcome to the thread that just won't die..... what you are seeing on this thread is really just a scoping exercise, an attempt to find targets for archaeology.With limited time and resources we've put several new candidates for this on the table. In terms of the physical archaeology we're limited to what we can see on the surface and what has been reported in the past, i.e. with Church Stowe we have a number of Ancient monuments and a tiny archaeological report from a dig in the 50's which I have tried to draw into the narrative, but Nathan does it better. Both Paulerspury and Mancetter were subject to some archaeo investigation, metal detecting and C14 on human remains at Paulerspury, and a full on dig at Mancetter but to date no conclusive evidence. This had led to the theory that the battle site was "picked clean" being established as a dangerous principal.

Over here we are massively oversupplied with potential archaeological sites of all types and ages and over recent decades the archaeological profession has been in "rescue" mode, ie trying to save material that would otherwise be lost to development. I hope this explains the lack of engagement in this topic by real archaeologists. There seems no end to the number of historians and pundits who are prepared to publish or make tv shows on the subject but the only living archaeologist who has had the nerve to have a punt at identifying the site, as far as I know, is Grahame Appleby.

Gut feeling is that we'll get to the archaeology in the end, but a which site is anyone guess, it'll probably be one not mentioned on this thread and be stumbled across by some bloke with a metal detector. Kalkreise was completely unknown until an off duty RAMC chap found some Roman coins in an odd context. In the case of Church Stowe I suspect the ground level for the battlefield contact point is at least a metre below the current field surface so even if it hasn't been "picked clean" it will be deep and surface finds will be hard to locate.

The real mystery of the project is why are the archaeologists not apparently looking for the site, surely it would make their careers if they scored a hit.

Until then it's just down to RATS with maps :whistle:
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by John1 - 12-18-2012, 02:31 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM

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