Perhaps a BAJR poll on this issue is required as a starting point???
David Connolly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:As we are hearing about Organisations who are RAOs who do not adhere to IFA
standards - just as there are non IFA organisations who do .... 2 questions
... who are these organisations and why have they not been reported?
It is possible that more people would join if they saw that bad conduct is
So who will cast the first stone? ... If nobody does then what is the point
of a code of conduct?
From: British archaeology discussion list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Brennan, Mark
Sent: 26 June 2003 12:51
To: David Connolly
Subject: Time Team and stuff
Lest I be tarred with the wrong brush over this. Let me make it clear
that I am definitely not an 'anti'. I watch and enjoy Time Team, and I
think the Big Dig is an extremely interesting project. It was the
organisation of the support staff (off camera) not the idea itself, that
I feel was a little bit of a let down. I am not criticising the idea of
the Big Dig, nor have I suggested on the list that the Big Dig is a
thinly disguised attempt at mass destruction of the archaeological
And while I'm at it, any excuse . . .
To confirm what you posted earlier, there are IFA recommended
archaeological organisations who would make a worse job of an evaluation
than many first time archaeologists in their own back gardens. There are
professional archaeologists under the protection of the IFA who think
that evaluation means machining to the required depth, recording the
sections, and wondering why there is no dating material to tie in with
the stratigraphy. I often wonder why these people call themselves
archaeologists, or really believe that they are conducting
archaeological investigations at all. Mind you, as Peter Hinton has
stated, it is unfortunate that there are many archaeologists in this
country that have not signed up to adhere to such standards.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: paul blinkhorn [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 26 June 2003 10:14
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: The Big Dig
> This is the gripe a lot of the antis put forward, and the one
> that really
> gets my goat more than any. TT is real archaeology - the
> people digging the
> holes are usually all professionals, and they do it to the highest
> standards, and certainly higher than one or two professional
> units I could
> think of.
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