Archaeologists lose their jobs as recession bites

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Archaeology in Britain is in "serious crisis" because of the recession-hit building industry, according to those in the profession.

By the end of the year around one in five of the country's 7,000 archaeologists are expected to have lost their jobs, experts believe.

The profession has expanded rapidly in recent years thanks to legislation that forced developers to pay for digs.

But now jobs are going because so many construction projects are being put on hold.

In the last quarter of 2008, 345 lost their jobs, according to to the Institute for Archaeologists.

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