Exactly my own feelings, but there was nowhere on the form to say it.
Serious amateurs (there are lots of amateurs who are interested but
just want to be taken for walks) in a way complement professional
archaeologists. Without careful, scientific digging there wouldn't be
any proper archaeology at all. But professionals don't have the time or
money to worry about what happens in between the dig sites. That's where
the amateur can perform a useful role.
Darwin said: 'without a theory you cannot do serious research' (or words
to that effect) and amateurs often start out with theories that make the
pros grind their teeth.
Amateurs often lack the broader view that is dinned into the pro - that
a lot of things have happened in the past and there may be many
explanations for the amateur's wonderful theory..
But on the other had amateurs are often aware of developments on the web
that can make a big difference. Google maps is a very useful tool, yet
I've met pros who never use it and can't even get it at their desks.
Lidar surveys are now available free from DoE for respectable projects.
> Morning, chums!
> I'm very disappointed that yet again, the surveyor assumes that community
> archaeology only involves 'digs': has the spirit of Andrew Selkirk
> overwhelmed the archaeological world? (Just kidding, Andrew!)
> Community Archaeology in North Somerset (there are at least 14 groups
> involving upwards of 400 people) hardly ever involves excavation - when it
> does, it is limited, targeted, and promptly published (see, for example,
> Congresbury Church Excavation report at http://ycccart.co.uk, published
> within ten days of the excavation being finished).
> Much more attention is given to the basic recording of the historic
> landscape: documentary study backed-walkover survey, field walking,
> earthwork and Nivcomp survey, geophysical survey and so on, understanding
> the wider landscape and putting classic sites in their context, not
> damaging them by excavation. There are enough unpublished excavations
> around as it is.
> I am reminded of the time when it was fashionable to denigrate large scale
> landscape surveys ('Are extensive landscape surveys a waste of time?') and
> Mick Aston promptly published a paper called 'Is digging big holes a waste
> of time?' Exaggerating for effect, but I hope you see my point.
> On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM, Doug Rocks-Macqueen
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> try that link. I just tested it and it worked.
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