So the dust has settled the discussion continues : what does it all mean.
In my humble opinion (and as the BAJR host I have been very critical of the
TT BD) it has caused us all to look inward and see some root problems in our
fledgling profession: It has also caused a major fracture in archaeology by
making people decide whether they are FOR or AGAINST the TT.
I am not against the TT - it is thanks to them (oh and Indiana Jones) that
we are in the public eye. What we must do is explain that we are not just
doing it for fun but for real tangible objectives, whether it is aiding a
community realise its own heritage (and thus pride in the community) or
create a sustainable resource for the heritage industry to build on (no pun
intended) to provide jobs and inward investment. It is to aid architects
and engineers, farmers and scientists etc etc by providing unique data that
will be of real use - such as how irrigation schemes in Greco Roman desert
areas allowed farms to flourish where we are forced today to pump sub
surface water to provide enough to sufficiently irrigate fields.
I hope the TT will be man/woman enough to take the constructive criticism on
board so that the next one (and why not) is better prepared.
I hope that connections between local societies, museums and curators will
increase, and funding will be made available to provide community projects
(I am beginning to fill in forms for one of my own - with HLF funding -
I hope that we take a good look at how we are as archaeologists and what it
means to those outside the profession - such as j. Public and amateurs.
I hope that the IFA will see the mood of a vast majority of archaeologists
that want to see them lay down the law and be seen to do it.
As a small addendum : BAJR 3 will be completed around mid July (though it
might be nearer August) and it will hold a vast list of resources for
everyone from Societies to Developers. It will also have the ability to
place events and exhibitions online For Free! So that information is well
disseminated and easily found. Bear with me in the change.
Lets see what happens!