List members might be interested to know that there has been quite a lot
of discussion about Internet Archaeology on many other lists!
I attach one such posting from Britarch here, but the full archives and
other postings can be found at:
This list's own archives are at:
IA finds itself stepping forward into an arena that is relatively
unexplored, so continued public discussion on all these issues matters,
and something which I feel is important to encourage.
+-- forwarded from Britarch - with permission --+
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 04:24:27 -0000
From: Catherine Petts <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Internet Archaeology Pricing policy - A New Model ?
Information is not 'free'. It has to be paid for sooner or later. Public
libraries and similar offer 'free' information to users by bearing the
costs of obtaining it themselves. Their finance comes from the tax payer,
local or national, ie you and me. So we do pay for information, but not
It is not a question of accountants it is the question of the salaries of
the people who provide the information as authors, editors etc and the
cost of offices, computers. printing etc.
I have always understood, ever since the first issue, that 'Internet
Archaeology' would eventually become subscription only. It is no
different from taking out a subscription to any other journal. I assume
that Universities with archaeology departments and specialist libraries
will assess Internet Archaeology as they assess any printed journal and
decide whether they wish to subscribe or not and if they do, they will
then have means of making making it available to users.