As a private sector archaeologist struggling to get modern archaeology accepted at various levels (I speak for others too here, 'The Van' is a hot topic of conversation among the archaeologists of south london) I can't help but see this project as anything other than detremental to my (our) aim. I struggle to see the benefit.
Surely this 'analogy' stuff was done by Buchli and Lucas c.2000?? with the excavation of the council flat.
As for Dr Horton's statement about using archaeological method for in other fields, surely this is already done too. Look at Time Team's WW2 plane crash excavation... I mean are we archaeologists or are we mechanics or are we forensic scientists?
Perhaps a mission statement from Ms Newland would help to clear things up? The closest I can find is Bristol's press release.
Trevor Dunkerley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I guess it is just the name of "Ford Transit Van" which turns me off - in any archaeological sense.
Now, here in North Devon, we could have provided your students with the dig of all digs!
We have a 600 fathom mine shaft called 'Viviens' - how's that for a sub romantic name - which has lodged down it 3, yes three mini cars from 40 years ago! Now that is a vehicle worth excavating and raising to the surface. Think of the challenge!
We could have provided your team with everything they required - home comforts of camping, or a caravan, or even kipping down in a 'real' blacksmith's workshop. Balmy North Devon air, lots of excellent local pubs serving the best of CAMRA ales, good company, and if your team became really bored with the mini excavation, a spell in the current village excavation at the fulling mill, or how about and Iron Age hill-fort defensive ditch stuffed with Roman pottery!
And of course, in this hot weather, the sea is just a 1 mile jog down the road, wonderful Devon ice creams, strawberry jam and scones, and of course plenty of local scrumpy.
Why anyone should wish to dig in Ironbridge at this time of the year, I can't imagine. I suggest Mark you make a quick executive decision and change your plans immediately before the Exeter Uni mob view this email.
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