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Not just about trowels

11 April 2014


From Professor Nicholas Orme
Sir, - Andrew Brown (Press, 4 April) pokes fun at The Times for calling the Revd Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch an archaeologist. Not so: The Times is right. This is the ancient and honourable title of all who study the materials of the past, whether buildings, art, artefacts, or literary records. It has never been, and should not be, restricted to people who kneel in trenches scraping away with trowels.

NICHOLAS ORME ("Historian", past president of the Somerset and of the Bristol and
Gloucestershire Archaeological Societies)
5 Lark Hill, Oxford OX2 7DR

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