Presumably the reports would normally appear reasonably quickly, because I
would have thought that the archaeological unit doing the work would not get
paid until the report was handed over, and the development should not
proceed until the planning department was satisfied that the work had met
their specification, as I understand the system should work?
But I do like Paul's suggestion of a copy with the local library - that is a
very small additional cost, relatively speaking. Maybe we should all write
to our MPs asking what they are going to do about it? If a General Election
is in the air they might be a bit more motivated.
I hear cries of "commercial confidentiality", and that the report is really
the developer's property because they paid for it, but would have thought
that once the site has been bought and has been excavated satisfactorily the
need for commercial confidentiality has passed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Boothroyd" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2007 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] The Archaeology, the Public, and the Wardrobe (was:
should be interesting)
On Mon, 3 Sep 2007 21:05:15 +0100, Charlie Stokes
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> You should bother because the process of your 'work'
>> is forever
>> destroying a local archaeological setting which can
>> never be returned
>> to the community.
>Is this not what preservation by record is designed to
>Considering this, it seems only
>> reasonable to
>> include the interested public in the process toward
>> a fair way to
>> compensate them for their loss. I realize another
>> way is to offer the
>> report, this is true, but most professionally
>> prepared archaeological
>> reports are in surveyor-archaeologese and can be
>> difficult for laymen
>> to digest.
>Well, yes, but if you are that interested, you'd make
>the effort. If, for example, I wanted to find out
>about some disease I was suffering from, I wouldn't
>expect everything to be in a form that I could easily
>understand, because I'm not a doctor - half of it
>would be written by doctors for doctors.
But so often the problem with developer 'pushed' (and funded) archaeology
seems to be that it is only done to obey the regulations and often takes no
account at all of the local community (there are exceptions) - who cannot
read the reports within a reasonable time after the excavation because they
are so long in appearing, and/or are just submitted to the HER without any
publicity (and DO the mildly interested public KNOW that they can turn-up at
the HER and consult the reports anyway?).
Perhaps a way round this would be to insist that all local development
archaeology MUST be reported in the local library and a copy of the report
lodged there (as well as at the HER) within a reasonable time of the finish
of the excavation.
And yes I do understand that this would cost - but so what, developers
always make money on their developments........