Harvest III: Buried Things

A piano has been found buried under rocks at the summit of the UKs tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Is there any wilderness left? Not much if David Cameron can pose by an arctic ice sheet for a PR stunt, or 54 people reach the summit of Mt Everest on one day.

There are many stories about buried things – not just pianos or pirate treasure. Often it seems to be sport related. A train was buried under the pitch at Wembley (wonder whether its been retained in the unfolding fiasco of the redevelopment). There was a horse under the North Bank at Highbury (though it may have been a myth). Red Rum is defiantly buried at the Aintree winning post. I love the way that racehorses are buried in an upright position (which if adopted for all mammals would help solve overcrowding problems in human cemeteries). This guy however was horizontal (but not dead), buried in a pub garden to break the world record for being buried alive. It recalls Vito Acconcis ‘Seedbed’ in some kind of amateurish seedy way.

Of course, lots of old stuff is buried. If you wondered why archaeology seems to have happened below the current surface level of the planet you should check out this article.

Actually, it seems we’re not quite sure of what we have buried down there, so this project is attempting to retrospectively map Britain’s subsurface infrastructure. And this New Scientist article reveals other subterranean finds from space.

These techniques haven’t yet revealed to us anything as shocking as the Statue of Libertys crown at the end of Planet of the Apes. But perhaps they do suggest that ideas like 'wilderness' or 'civilisation' float like cloud patterns over the surface of the planet.

Posted by sam at May 22, 2006 12:08 AM

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