Come off it, Catherine Petts.
Your comment below shows a deeply patronising view of the general public.
To typify people in such a way negates the richness and variety of human
experience, and implies something of an empathy-deficit disorder on your own
Most people who have the energy and initiative to take part in something
like the BD will have many things to do as well as (possibly) watching TV,
following football, and attending a workingmen's club.
"Changing other peoples perceptions of archaeology and its practioners" will
require some work on your part to avoid such lumpen stereotypes.
I have no idea of your own background, but perhaps you should get out and
meet the public more.
Most of us are quite interesting.
From: British archaeology discussion list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Catherine Petts
Sent: 04 July 2003 13:49
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Subject: Re: Time Team Big Dig - programme versus digging
In reply to Jenny Vaughan
The majority of people taking part in the Big Dig.....
Many of them are people whose contact with education since leaving school
has been minmal. They probably are not great readers and their main leisure
occupation is watching television. The only clubs or societies they will
ever have joined will be a football fan club or the local working mens club.
Their attitude to anything that calls itself a society or smacks of
requiring any education or learning is seen as belonging to world that they
do not belong in. However a lot of them watch Time Team, enjoy it and quite
fancy having a go but do not have the confidence to volunteer, even if they
knew how to. The Big Dig gave them a chance to have a go themselves in the
privacy of their own back garden, without what they would see as some
'expert' looking down on them (in every sense of the word). That is the
sense in which I used the word supercilious.
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