Dear all (Martin can you bang this onto Britarch again for me? Cheers)
Once again apologies for cross posting.
Well I've had some useful replies from all the lists. I'd just like to thank
everybody who has got back to me on this, but keep the answers coming if you
haven't replied yet.
Just to attempt to clarify further, we do have a scopenote and this has been
agreed by all the partner countries involved (England (we don't represent
the whole of the UK so I do mean England and not our colleagues in the other
home nations), France, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Cyprus,
Lithuania and Slovenia).
Here it is.
"The branch of archaeology dealing with the recording of archaeological
sites or monuments prior to their destruction by development or natural
It is, by necessity, quite broad in concept (you try getting 20 people from
ten countries to try to agree on a definition. For starters I suggest the
term "Crown Property" we have had hours of fun discussing that one!)
To add fuel to the fire here's a couple of points.
The French have an institute of preventive archaeology which, according to
my French colleague, undertake Rescue Excavations!
No one who has replied has forcibly argued for preventive archaeology, but
many have opted for rescue archaeology.
What about "contract archaeology" and the term used by our American cousins
"salvage archaeology" (which to my mind sounds as if it has more to do with
the raising of the Mary Rose).
I am inclined to stick with Rescue Archaeology as even if this is not the
official term it is at least understood by most of the community.
I'll keep you posted if I get the elusive definitive answer!