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Roundhouses at Vindolanda, why?; Discussion of the circular huts Vindo
Topic Started: Sep 11 2006, 10:09 AM (686 Views)
Mr Twicey
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Hello I will state from the start i know nothing about digging. However......

Has anyone looked at environemtal microbial isolates within the ground at the site. In my industry enough is known about species and sub species genetics to be able to plot divergence. This may or may not be the case for diggers but.....

one could look for spore forming equine commensals or pathogens (not that i know of any) or perhaps look at strata linked microbes to see if they give any clue as to lifestyle associated with the level of ocupation at that time?

again environmental microbiology is not my thing, but it may be possible, if good samples can be taken, to track species of microbes to activities/animals/human race. suspect you would be on very shaky ground as am not sure the science can yet fully support the theory, however it would be evidence??

i will now end my microbial ramblings
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