Based on my own student and amateur landscape history/ archaeology research
I would conclude that, particularly if this question is expanded to 'is
there anything left to find/ interpret (or reinterpret)?', then only a
small proportion of the landscape has been fully analysed in terms of its
landscape features, buildings, finds, primary source documents etc; For
example, HER's have developed with an individual site/ find focus and are
generally tantalisingly ad-hoc and incomplete, particularly when viewed
from a landscape-scale perspective .
--On 01 February 2010 09:54 +0000 Vince Russett
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> Morning, chums!
> To be specific: before a certain date of discovery, archaeology is a
> finite resource. However, the subject matter changes and increases (for
> example, I bet no-one was even thinking of Cold War archaeology in
> 1984...although I know some smart alec will almost certainly point me to
> someone who was :-). In my experience, there is also a tendency towards
> multiplication when work is carried out under specific area studies, so
> a group formerly recorded as (say) ' Group of mere stones at East Field,
> Little Hobbington', will end up with a record for each stone, so this
> will also result in an apparent growth of number of records.
> And I've only just noticed that 'find' has been mis-spelled in the
> subject line all this time. *Is there anything left to fund* might be an
> appropriate expansion, too.
> Vince Russett
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: British archaeology discussion list
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of PETTS D.A.
> Sent: 30 January 2010 10:36
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Is there anything left to fnd?
> This is quite an interesting question-
> obviously there is still a lot to discover, however, at the end of the =
> day archaeology is a finite resource. Its fairly obvious that there was
> only ever a fixed number of villas. hillforts, flint scatters, hoards =
> etc... The key question is, do we know what proportion of the original =
> sites survive? Do we know about 95% of all Roman villas or 10% of them -
> this has some quite interesting consequences as far as heritage =
> management goes.
> I am sure I've seen somewhere someone modelling the rate of discovery of
> specific site types and arguing from the relative increase what =
> proportion of them we've probably found (though I can't remember where =
> this was or the precise methodology).=20
> From: British archaeology discussion list on behalf of Cerridwen =
> Sent: Sat 30/01/2010 10:24
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Is there anything left to fnd?
> As this island has been inhabited for millenia, surely one can dig =
> anywhere and find something - not something major, but something:-)
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