Science has always played an important role in archaeology, but recent advances in remote scanning and material analysis has revolutionised our ability to bring the past back to life and reveal hidden stories. The talk will cover advances in the location of new sites and the analysis and dating of human remains and material. These advances enable us to follow in the footsteps of a remarkable man buried 4,600 year ago in Amesbury, to solve a thousand year old murder mystery from Dorset and show how light, literally, can be used to reveal hidden cities and historic landscapes.
Andy Manning is a Senior Fieldwork Manager at Wessex Archaeology, based in Salisbury. He has worked for over 25 years throughout Britain and Europe in a wide range of major projects ranging from early hunter-gather sites to modern military buildings. He specializes in the design and implementation of archaeological investigations and their final publication. An important part of his role is communicating the results to all, via public displays and lectures, both in his normal work and as a member of the Council for British Archaeology and Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.