> David Connolly writes: Has the amatuer society stopped diging? are
> less training digs?
>> what happened to community involvement?
I'm not sure about formal training excavations, but my impression is
that there are many amateur / voluntary groups who are doing excellent
detailed work in terms of fieldwalking, parish surveys, churchyard and
cemetery surveys etc (e.g Bingham near Nottingham). Some are certainly
involved in excavation (e.g Mellor, Huddersfield, Boston Spa) but
archaeology does not have to involve excavation. The advent of LHI and
similar funding schemes has opened the way for fruitful collaboration
between professionals and volunteers. What seems to be lacking is an
overview of the work and methods putting groups in contact with each other
to share techniques, approaches and to compare and contrast results at a
regional and wider scale. The funding body, not having any particular
knowledge of archaeology isn't in a position to do this - so I wonder who
will? The collection and interpretation of data at the parish / community
level is fine and seems to be productive, but writing archaeology is, at
least in part about synthesis and interpretation - where will this come
from? Will funding be available to promote this once the individual surveys
and so on draw to a close?