Storms in England reveal multitude of archaeological treasures

Storms in England reveal multitude of archaeological treasures

It seems incredible how inclement weather, torrential rains, and floods can affect a country's population, devastating cities and reducing villages to rubble. But looking beyond the calamities, these seemingly catastrophic phenomena they can also unearth all kinds of secrets. The same thing has been happening in England for a few years now.

Last month, a series of storms in various English cities and counties revealed from an ichthyosaur skeleton (the cretaceous precedent of dolphins) in Dorset, passing by two World War II bombs in Essex and even a shipwrecked in Cornwall.

The professor of geography at the University of Southampton, David Sear, who has participated in archaeological projects such as those of the mythical city of Dunwich, known as the «British Atlantic" Y disappeared during the Middle Ages due to coastal erosion, has declared to be the type of person who goes to places potentially prone to damage due to inclement weather, where he has discovered a multitude of archaeological material, especially belonging to the time of World War II.

Some of this material found, such as bombs, anti-personnel mines and concrete fenders, they can even pose a health risk to people living in these areas. «There are numerous quantities in the areas near the coast, and this is always going to be problematic'Said Professor Sear.

Other researchers like Toby Gane, director of archaeological projects in Wessex, agree with these statements: 'We have worked on a multitude of aircraft debris, where there are dangers such as artillery explosions, although this occurs especially in military sites. The places where these ruins are exposed at low tide, usually attract people to take a look, but they should be aware of the possible dangersGane commented.

Certainly, despite the dangers, as Toby Gane rightly added, the risk compensates for the discoveries that occur and many ordinary people contribute to the English heritage when, after storms, they go to the rubbish dumps and find archaeological remains which they then report to the investigation services, although there are always bounty hunters who do not. In 2007, for example, street people rescued archaeological assets from the cargo ship MSC Napoli off the Devon coast. And in 1998, thanks to storms that swept through a mountain of peat on the coast of Holme, archaeologists were able to discover the fabulous prehistoric site of «Seahenge', 4,000 years old.

As Professor Sear noted, 'When the tide goes out on the beaches, you go back in time. You get excited when you remove the layers of history«.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.


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