>From: Jim Dixon
>Subject: [BRITARCH] The Van Dig
>Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 07:47:20 +0100
> Surely this 'analogy' stuff was done by Buchli and Lucas c.2000?? with
>the excavation of the council flat.
Would anyone be able to dig out (no pun intended) the full reference for
or any details to track it down would be appreciated
>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.
> 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.
> Jim D
>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.
>With the kindest hospitable regards and welcome,
>Visit http://www.histarc-hands.co.uk for the historical and archaeological
>North Devon Scene.
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