Back to the calm
In layers of sedimentary rock or in ice cores, we can uncover natural history and understand a little of what our world was like long ago. In old cities, such as Edinburgh, we can observe similar layers of human history. In some parts of the city, each layer below the present-day street represents an era further in to the past. These distinct layers make up the ongoing story of a place. Some layers are long and stable, some are short and dramatic. In the layers of local human history, we not only find interactions with the place itself, we find the changing ideas and beliefs that chart the course of humanity.