Sir, I thoroughly enjoy Jonathan Guthrie’s more Private Eye-style items in Lombard but must take exception to his portrayal of a degree in archaeology as something for the privileged and undecided among school leavers (“Faculty of hard knocks”, August 25).

As a chartered accountant, management consultant and banker-turned-archaeologist in my retirement years, I consider that a degree in archaeology is excellent training for both sides of the brain, requiring as it does careful recording, categorisation and analysis on the one side, and well-developed imagination to hypothesise how it all fits together and develop theories to round out the story on the other.

Andrew Ray

Trustee/Treasurer,

Caistor Roman Project,

Norwich, Norfolk, UK

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