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Re: Big Dig reports

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"Broomfield, Rachel (DEVELOPMENT)" <[log in to unmask]>

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Issues related to Sites & Monuments Records <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 8 Sep 2003 12:48:39 +0100

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On a slightly different note - I took part in the Time Team Big Dig, and
have submitted a report. However, I am now left with a large quantity of
material (pottery, bone, charcoal etc) that my local museum is not
interested in. I have contacted Time Team repeatedly about what to do with
it but to no avail. Has anyone else come across this problem, and if so,
what have you recommended. At the moment it is living in bags / trays in my
shed and kitchen and getting in the way!

Rachel Broomfield

Historic Environment Officer
Plymouth City Council

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Heyworth [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 08 September 2003 12:20
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Big Dig reports


I was at a meeting with staff from the Big Dig on 1 September and they
reported that they had accepted 1341 applications excavate test pits, but
that to date they had only received 200 reports.

They are assuming that some 25% of the applicants did not excavate their
test pits for one reason or another, but they are writing to all the
participants to chase up the outstanding reports in the next week or two.

They believe that many people did not bother to submit a report because they
didn't find anything, so their reminder letter will emphasise the importance
of negative evidence.

There will be a further 50 minute TV programme over the Christmas period to
look back on the Big Dig and review what was achieved. Some of the key
archaeological stories to have emerged so far include:
* possible Celtic church at Moniave in Scotland
* previously unknown medieval floor in Thirlby in Yorkshire
* 2 clay-bonded walls in association with 13th century pottery in field
previously thought to have been uninhabited
The programme will involve some new filming and they have been working with
groups at the LAARC in London who have come in with their finds from the Big
Dig.

There will be no repeat exercise in 2004, but the producers hope to do
another mass participation event in the future, though not just a repeat of
the Big Dig. They took on board the need for better and earlier liaison and
communication for any future events.

Mike

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Dr Mike Heyworth, Deputy Director, Council for British Archaeology
Bowes Morrell House, 111 Walmgate, York YO1 9WA, UK
tel 01904 671417, fax 01904 671384, web www.britarch.ac.uk
* Join CBA/YAC & buy our books online at www.britarch.ac.uk/shop *
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-----Original Message-----
From: Carroll Quinton [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 08 September 2003 12:19
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Big Dig reports


Dear all

At the risk of reviving an old argument, how many of you have received
reports or archives from those who took part in the Time Team Big Dig in
June? So far I have had one report (from the 27 or so sites dug!).

thanks

Quinton

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Tel: 01223 712335
Fax: 01223 362425

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