But the thing we have learnt from the Big Dig, National Archaeology Day, Time
Team etc is that the general public want to actually see archaeology in
action- lets face it how many archaeological sites are published accessibily
(i.e. in an easy to obtain, easy to understand and well-publicised manner).
Encouraging public interaction with the archaeology must not be limited to
post-hoc information, but 'ideally' during the life of the project.
There is, of course, a tension between site security (including health and
safety for potential visitors both authorised and unauthorised). However,
actively trying to cover up archaeological sites is going fundamentally the
wrong way. The whole thrust of publications like Power of Place (or certainly
the more intelligble bits) is that public have the right to learn about their
> Keeping good security while stratigraphy is exposed, is not keeping
>anything from the public. The public can be informed after the fact. When
>we give grid references for the Celtic Coin Index Online we abbreviate them
>such as: "SU 41-- 57--". The exact grid reference can be made available
>upon request to the Celtic Coin Index at Oxford, but a decision will be
>made if such a request is legitimate, before that information is handed
>over. This gives everyone at least a fairly close location that is suitable
>for distribution patterns, but it does not put a site in jeopardy. I think
>that we came up with a decent solution that serves the greatest good.
>Hooker & Perron, Total Project Coordination
>Database-Web...Graphics...Custom Maps...Colour Suites...Expert Systems
>Building the Celtic Coin Index on the Web: