02 Jul '12, 3pm

News: Army archaeology project uncovers sixth century burial

Operation Nightingale is a six-week excavation and rehabilitation programme for soldiers with an interest in archaeology at Barrow Clump. The ancient burial mound, one of 306 scheduled monuments on MOD land within Salisbury Plain, is currently on the English Heritage 'Heritage at Risk' list due to extensive burrowing by badgers. The badgers are burrowing into the site and kicking up human remains and burial relics. Operation Nightingale, with the support of Wessex Archaeology and English Heritage, plans to excavate the site to document the remains and preserve them, before rebuilding the cemetery mound: "We are very lucky to be part of this dig as soldiers. Normally we wouldn't be able to do this as it's a scheduled Neolithic burial with an early-Pagan Anglo-Saxon burial cut into it," explained Rifleman Laurence Savage, 5th Battalion The Rifles, who is on his second archae...

Full article: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/EstateAndEn...

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