Jim Dixon <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 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.
I am sure that most modern archaeological units (including PCA) will have the occasional site or project that seems out of the ordinary. It can't be that long ago after all, that PCA was involved in works trying to locate the net posts for Charles Darwin's tennis court at Downe House and excavations at the Doulton Sanitary ware factory site in Lambeth. (In my humble opinion both worthwhile projects, but ones that might take some explaining to the more sceptical amongst archaeological watchers).
Defining well thought out and clearly apposite projects such as the Ironbridge Van as 'detrimental to our aims' might be considered in some quarters as painting oneself into a corner.
The Contemporary Archaeology blogsite associated with the Ironbridge Van project is innovative, open minded and a model of its kind. We can all learn from this project.
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