Excavation of the Rose Theatre, London. A Responsibility for the Past: Integrating Conservation and Archaeology

A May 1989 overhead view of the excavated remains of the Rose Theatre in London, and a photograph taken the following month of a banner supporting their preservation, hung on the fence surrounding the excavation. The late-16th-century Elizabethan theater, unearthed after an office block was demolished for redevelopment, was one of the earliest and most successful theaters of its type. The ultimate protection of the theater's remains within the new construction is an instance of public outcry ultimately leading to the preservation of an archaeological site. Photos: Andy Fulgoni/Museum of London and Terry Smith/Timepix.