From: Janet Davis [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 08 March 2001 16:52
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We all have our horror stories about backlogs in publication but most of us in County offices would be decidedly unimpressed if a normal archaeological contractor undertook an evaluation, which is basically what most TT's are, and then took several years to get reports to us. We appreciate the time it takes to produce the full report but our contracting units can produce shorter reports in the weeks following end of the project. These reports give enough material to decide a planning issue and to update the SMR and answer stray questions from the public of media but they aren't a great read. They do suffice until a better report can be produced (BAR, county journal etc), if necessary and if funds are available.
Whenever digging stuff up proper resources for professional, prompt reporting must be available. That way we can avoid the "30 year old dig that's never been written up" stories in the future.
Having said all this I still support the comments in favour of archaeology on TV. I remember about 10 years ago saying that until we had more, interesting, British archaeology on TV we'd never catch up with the wildlife lobby. The shows may not be perfect archaeology but they do us a deal of good. The following comment is definitely not County Council endorsed okay! TV archaeology can be viewed like the current British Government; you might not be in that much sympathy with it but (be realistic) it's better than the alternative. So, support when we can, criticise when we have to but be realistic and reasonable. Maybe we should all look on TT as a tactical vote, as it were!
Subject: Time for Post-Ex (Was: Seriou question about TT)
Tim Grubb wrote:
We have just seen (but not actually had a copy) the report for the first
event TT did at Turkdean 3 years ago!"
Mike Hyde wrote:
Sorry to say this but that's a LOT quicker than many of the units I've
worked for over the years.
Janet Davis wrote:
I know of final post ex reports that took even longer than that - well over
20 years (one nearly 30) - but they were big research excavations that took
place over a number of years, and the people involved went on to other jobs
in which they were extremely busy and doing very good things (I wasn't
It's very difficult for people to find quite a large chunk of time to
produce a final report when they've got more urgent work to do - and I
expect that everyone underestimates the amount of time it will take to do
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