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The Institute of Field Archaeologists' Maritime Affairs Group Seminar:
'MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARCHIVES: IN POLICY AND PRACTICE'
Tuesday December 5th 2006
9.30am - 4.30pm
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
Free for IFA members; £10 for non-IFA members.
Archaeological archives are a nationally important cultural resource. The objects, drawings, photographs, digital data and documentation generated by archaeological projects are part of our shared heritage, the physical remains of our past. Whilst this is acknowledged for 'terrestrial' sites, there is no clear system for the preparation, deposition and curation of maritime archaeological archives and a lack of clarity over the roles and responsibilities of the various museum, archive and government bodies. Maritime archives remain in private hands, are split between receiving bodies, or worse, sold, often prior to proper analysis and interpretation.
Maritime archaeological archives are falling through a gap in policy and practice and there is no coherent long-term strategy to address this problem. As more sites are discovered with increased development and greater awareness of the marine historic environment, the problem will only become more acute. It is vital that the archaeological, heritage, curatorial and museums professions engage in this debate now.
The IFA MAG seminar will therefore be a working seminar aiming to:
· Identify all the issues;
· Clarify the current policy of the key groups and organisations involved;
· Raise understanding of the principle issues among the disparate stakeholder groups and organisations;
· Identify and articulate the gaps in policy and practice;
· And, generate a long-term strategy to address these gaps.
In addition, the discussion, recommendations and information shared at the seminar will subsequently feed into the IFA Standard and Guidance document on maritime archaeological archives that will be produced in 2007.
Consequently, IFA MAG is inviting key policy makers and members of the archaeological, curatorial, archival and heritage communities, alongside those within the museum sector and government bodies to take part in the seminar - and your attendance would be a valuable addition to the day.
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IFA MAG Committee
University of Southampton