When the Community Archaeology Programme was due to be axed in Southampton a
few weeks ago Tony Robinson wrote to the Leader of the Council expressing
his dismay. This made the front page of the local paper the day before the
full Council meeting and I am sure it had an effect. Community Archaeology
has survived, and an archaeologist's job was saved.
It was popular pressure to prevent the unrecorded destruction of
archaeological sites that led to most of the jobs in archaeology today. If
there is no popular support for our profession then soon there will be no
profession. Time Team and Meet the Ancestors follow the fine traditon of
popularising archaeology that goes back through Chronicle into the early
days of TV and radio. Long may they continue.