On 7th January I was watching BBC1’s One Show and they showed us a palaeontologist on a trawler dredging for fossils in the North Sea. On board, a One Show correspondent was marvelling at the finds as they were tipped out of a net. A mammoth bone here, a woolly rhino bone there, the tooth of another extinct mammal.
However, what I take issue with is the way the programme showed this item as if it were the most exciting thing since sliced bread, and being the proud owner of a breadmaker now, I can appreciate that invention better than most!
Let’s just think about what these archaeological vandals and the One Show’s excited and enthusiastic participants were actually doing. Continue reading