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by Archaeology Newsroom

The case of an excavation in France and of those at home

A brochure was brought out by The Archaeological Centre at Chartres in France in which the record was kept of the excavation of an ancient town that lies beneath the modern town of Chartres. This led to the author of the article making inevitable comparisons with the state of things in Greece. In this article she asks herself why, for instance, rescue excavations in Greek cities are not used as an opportunity to understand town-planning in antiquity. Why essays and brochures are not funded. These should help the uninformed public to better understand archaeologists’ work. Should archaeologists themselves try to approach the general public? Why are interdisciplinary teams and archaeological institutions not introduced in order to study and promote districts of interest? Could the Ministry of Youth perhaps send groups of young people to attend and help in excavations?