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Archeologists Discover 3,000 Pieces of Plastic at Historic Site


Archeologists recently found more than 3,000 items of plastic at a former hillfort in Wales. Plastic spoons, eyeglasses, bottle caps, straws, mobile phone batteries, paint can lids, candy wrappers, and plastic wrap were uncovered.

Two replica Iron Age roundhouses have been on display at the Castell Henllys site since the 1980s. While the archeologists expected plastic waste to be found, they did not expect this much. The site was a popular destination for children's field trips.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park recently began to take down the roundhouses, at which time the archeologists decided to unearth the trash in order to study decay processes,"determine which human activities result in leftover waste, and how replicated structures might affect the integrity of prehistoric structures located at the same site."

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