Not sure about that Paul, might just have been the novelty of being in
a photo which caused people to pose. This thought was prompted by the
recent Mitchel and Kenyon series which mentioned this aspect of
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Paul Everill wrote:
>I have a slightly different angle on this discussion which may be of
>interest- During the course of my "Invisible Diggers" research I came
>across details of the way that Colt Hoare and Cunnington undertook
>work in Wiltshire in the early 19th Century. It seems that Cunnington
>on a father and son team of labourers, Stephen and John Parker, and
>the course of several years he trained them to the point that they
>be left to excavate without supervision, and to take on and supervise
>other labourers when required. The skill of the Parkers became such
>Colt Hoare was even approached by a friend of his to effectively
>contract' them out to work on a barrow opening in Hampshire.
>I personally believe that the Parkers are the first recognisably
>modern 'archaeologists'. Though clearly methodology has changed
>considerably since then I wonder if the fundamental differences
>antiquarians and archaeologists are class and actually getting your
another dimension to this is how diggers are depicted in publications.
In the 19th century the excavators were often photographed posing for
the camera, where as the "modern" practice is to show the backs of
peoples heads! Often they are merely present to act as a scale. Maybe,
then, the early antiquarian archaeologists had more respect for their
diggers than their modern counterparts?
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