It appears that John Gater, the chief Geophysicist is a vegetarian, as he queries the content of a sandwich, hoping it has no meat in it.
Tony: I do understand the need to protect the integrity of the site, we can't just go digging trenches all over the place because it could be very valuable, but I've got to admit I'm getting a bit worried. Seems to me there's the real possibility that we won't be able to get the kind of evidence that you need in order to determine whether or not it you're going to schedule it.
Ian: Well that's true yes; I mean there are a number of criteria that we would like to satisfy.
Tony: What kind of things are they?
Ian: Well firstly we need to know the extent of the site, so that we can draw a sensible boundary around it and say within that is something worthy of protection.
Tony: We should be able to do that.
Ian: We should be able to do that, that's right. John's geophysics results should give us that.
Tony: If we got Bronze Age burials would you schedule?
Ian: If we had Bronze Age burials in a cremation cemetery like that, then it would be worthy of scheduling, that's right.
Tony: And what about if it's only an Iron Age farm or something? I mean there must be thousands of those all over the country.
Ian: There are many, many are known from aerial photographic evidence there in very highly fertile parts of the country where they are being destroyed by ploughing on a regular basis, so if the condition of survival is very good here then that would make it something worth scheduling.
Tony: So it is detail you need then isn't it, and details are the one thing that we may not get.
Ian: Well we'll have to see, we hope very much. We do need that detail, let's hope that we get it.
Tony: Are we in trouble?
Ian: Not yet.
Tony: Francis, you're a Bronze Age man and what you're holding even I know isn't Bronze Age.
Francis: I love it, I'm also a fen man and this is what keeps you dry, this is the drain that runs under the ground. I reckon this was put in around the Twenties or Thirties something like that. But why I think this is fun is that it's running right down the bottom of this ditch, this Iron Age ditch and that suggests to me that this was always a boggy spot, even in the 1920's and certainly back in the Iron Age which is why they've dug this great big ditch to drain, so you've actually got the continuity of a problem, this continuing problem, this boggy old bit of field for 2000 years.
Tony: This site is getting more and more complicated, how big is it? Well we still don't know but it's doubled in size since this morning. How old is it? Well we've found a lot of Iron Age stuff but Francis thinks there is Bronze Age here as well. How important is it? Again we don't know. But this line of rings seems to have changed to virtually a whole city. What is going on here?
Tony: Stewart seemed to have found clues to the age of our site a mile away, in a cabbage field.
International Air Dates:
Australia: 9th October 2007.
Iron Age Pottery (c.500 BC)
Iron Age razor.
Roman Brooch 1st Century AD.
Preparing & Cooking Iron Age meal.