The Penguin English Dictionary: System: methodically arranged set of ideas,
principles, methods procedures etc..
a> As I understand it a group of companies getting together and fixing prices
is called a cartel, and illegal under the system.
b> Any system which fails to realise its hoped for outcome ( say the
preservation of as much archaeology in situ or in record as possible) by
failing to account for methods within it acting to their nature ( say human
beings acting like er human beings) is failing.
c>IMO the model for competitive tendering is flawed as quality only becomes a
factor for the person/ company paying if they are interested in the product.
d> In the absence of such invisible hand mechanisms we need
1> regulation and enforcment, which does sadly seem to require very tight
briefs, telling people to do what as professionals they ought to carry out
2> A proffesional body which can garantee the professional standards of
its members, and be seen to be upholding those standards.
e> In the long term I would like to see sustainable development (as well as
a basic income scheme, community schools, acountable local government etc
etc) however after last count, after 15 years as an off and on green party
activist I have so far increased my share of the vote at local elections to
3%, and seen the phrase' sustainable development' hijacked to mean its
oppisite, so a little way to go there I fear!!!
f> In the medium term lobbying to change the system under present parameters
seems like a reasonable course. I think I like the sound of Paul's regional
developer levy/tax, but have to think about it some more, taking on board
Steve's problems with it. (hmm turning into a liberal in my old age...). An
anologoius situation to running out of a regional budget comes up in the
present stage. what happens when significantly more archaeology terns up than
has been budgeted for, or can be afforded, and the developer isn't that
understanding? Indeed what happens to sites when a unit goes bust?
This leaves us with
g> working with what we have. ho hum we seem to have a welter of procedures
and standards, but I remain confused how to apply them. e.g. in England how
do we marry ppg16 with map2. How can a unit involve specialists for watching
brief or evaluation tenders. Is the developer commiting themselves to paying
for an evaluation report, an assessment report or potentially for full
excavation. What powers do curators have.Can counties hold lists of approved
contractors legally? do curators have the power to ban units ? what
constitutes adequate monitering - in my experience out of county units tend
to get moniterd lots whilst insiders...aren't.
should units be allowed to present unwashed finds to specialists, on the
grounds they didn't have the money less to process them ( and I mean finds
you are meant to wash). Perhaps some clear national or supranational
guidelines to everyone, anyone...