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‘X discovered under X’ – the archaeologist’s dream?

27 September 2019

Introducing Rakewell, Apollo’s wandering eye on the art world. Look out for regular posts taking a rakish perspective on art and museum stories

Roman fort discovered under Exeter bus station’. It must be the archaeologist’s dream: to unearth artefacts or buildings of historical significance beneath something so incongruous or everyday as to make a winning headline: ‘Skeleton found under car park confirmed as Richard III’ is a classic of the genre.

To celebrate the latest Devonian discovery, here’s Rakewell’s pick of his favourite ‘discovered under’ headlines of the year so far:

Unrecorded ancient mineshaft discovered under East Lothian road

Caiman skeleton discovered under Pentre primary school floor

‘True Rembrandt relic’ discovered in cesspit below artist’s house

Long-Lost continent discovered beneath the Mediterranean

Old rubbish pit found beneath Blenheim bridge

2,000-year-old marble head of god Dionysus discovered under Rome

Huge Mysterious Blob discovered under the moon’s biggest crater

Largest medieval winery discovered under private Israeli residence

‘Jurassic world’ discovered under Australia

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