I agree Kim.
Archaeology is practised as a partially state regulated and funded
profession, and as a practice which is socially embedded in society. It
cannot be anything other than political. The issue of whether the UK is
in or out of Europe should be discussed within archaeology. Also,
archaeology should have something to say about the debate using our
knowledge of the past.
On Wed, 25 May 2016 10:21:15 +0000
Kim Biddulph <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Harry et al,
> In contrast, I would like to thank Hugo because without his sharing
> it to this site I wouldn't have known about the website and wouldn't
> have been able to decide whether or not to sign up to it. I think
> archaeology is imbued with politics, like it or not, and that it's
> better to engage than to ignore. Regards, Kim Biddulph Schools
> Prehistory and Archaeology www.schoolsprehistory.co.uk
> On Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:12, Highland Heritage
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I object to this site being used for political propaganda - this
> issue is devisive, splitting family and friends - please keep it (and
> all political issues) out of archaeology
> Dr Harry Robinson MIFA
> Highland Heritage Archaeological Consultants
> >Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 17:07:50 +0000
> >From: "Blake, Hugo" <[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject: Archaeologists for Britain in Europe
> >Academics who favour Britain remaining in the European Union may
> >care to support
> >The site is morphing into Academics for Britain in Europe.
> >From: Andrew Knapp [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> >Sent: 18 May 2016 22:47
> >To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> >Subject: Four important things for Historians for Britain in Europe
> >Dear colleagues
> >Please try and read all of this longish e-mail if you possibly can!
> >We seem to be doing quite well: moving up towards 250. Many thanks
> >to all who made this possible by circulating the site address. Keep
> >it going.
> >Four important things to mention.
> >1 Donations?
> >So far we have built this site on the donations of a few people. We
> >have now spent through that and are still making calls on James, our
> >webmaster (whose firm is Metagames), to add more people, links to
> >things you have written, and so on.
> >So there is now a Donate button. Please could you think about making
> >a donation, even a small one, to keep us going? A little from
> >everyone would work wonders.
> >If you don't want to use the Donate button, you can make a donation
> >directly here:
> >2 Reception at no. 11 Downing Street, and using our logo
> >I have been invited to attend a reception for In historians at no.
> >11 Downing Street. It is possible that several big-name historians
> >will sign up to our statement, and I hope the site, in the course of
> >this event. I have been asked if I mind our logo being used for the
> >occasion, to which media will be invited (how much notice they take,
> >of course, cannot be known).
> >I personally don't mind. But I don't consider the logo to be my
> >personal property and if there were an outcry among the supporters -
> >you - against it being shown in what some might regard as the foe's
> >lair, then I would think again. My view, however, is that this will
> >be a cross-party event and it will be a unique opportunity to gain
> >visibility and to tell the media loud and clear that the great
> >majority of the profession is in favour of In.
> >I shall therefore take silence for consent. If I don't hear
> >substantial protests before 1900 Thursday 19 May, UK time, I shall
> >assume you are OK with this and go ahead.
> >3 Students and young people
> >Forgive me for plugging this again, if you signed up a while ago,
> >but as you probably know, the result of this referendum may well
> >turn on whether young people register and turn out to vote. See, for
> >Few things in this contest are more important. With that in mind, do
> >see the 'mobilising students' notes attached [below].
> >4 Classicists - and others?
> >As you may know, I have grandiose ambitions to turn this site into
> >Academics for Britain in Europe. This may not work in time; but we
> >have a group of classicists waiting to go, so the site may morph to
> >Academics, but keeping Historians as the biggest section, in the
> >next few days. I shall keep you posted. And if any of you have
> >colleagues in other disciplines who are keen to join and lead a
> >small or large cohort from their discipline in, now is the time to
> >suggest it!
> >All good wishes and thanks again for your support
> >Andrew Knapp
> >Mobilising students
> >Students are expected to vote in a ratio of about two or three for
> >In to one Outer. But the problem is turnout. According to the
> >Economist of 7 May 2016 (and this is hardly a contested view), older
> >voters are stronger for Out and more likely to vote. Overall turnout
> >of below 60% will almost certainly secure a victory for Out; above
> >it and we will probably stay In. So student 'apathy' - or at least,
> >the pressing concerns of examinations, finding a summer job or a
> >permanent one, and moving house, which all crowd in on student life
> >at about this time - are our enemies. There is no magic bullet to
> >beat them. However... Universities UK is strongly pro-In (see
> >http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx - Universities
> >for Europe is bottom left) and so is the NUS
> >and so is this group of academics
> >http://theorbital.co.uk/an-open-letter-for-the-eu/ and this one from
> >Royal Holloway http://theorbital.co.uk/14596-2/ Universities
> >themselves, though may be much more concerned to be 'impartial'. At
> >Reading, this is true both of the Students' Union and of the
> >University itself. It means no leafleting on campus (though I
> >managed to do some last term) and no official In event allowed
> >without an Out speaker, either at the same event or a subsequent
> >one. Different universities may have different positions on this,
> >but my impression is that Reading is not exceptional here. So if you
> >are keen to mobilise students, you can either encourage them to vote
> >In as the two groups above have done, or just tell them to be sure
> >to vote, and hope that the three-to-one ratio will deliver the
> >result. Which you choose will depend on your relations with your
> >students, on your university's position on the matter, and on what
> >is already being done.
> >Registering to vote, and postal votes
> >Impartiality does not exclude encouraging students to get on the
> >register and to vote. At Reading, both the University and the
> >students' union are doing this. A good thing to do would be to find
> >out what is currently being done at your university. If the answer
> >is nothing, then try to get the University authorities and the
> >students' union to encourage voting. They should be crucial allies
> >if they will play, because they have the longest mailing lists. If
> >that doesn't work, or even if it does, use your student lists,
> >tweets, and any other means to hand, to underline the importance of
> >voting. And e-mail colleagues in all subjects and tell them to do
> >the same. With that in mind, use the sites below.
> >Registering to vote, and postal votes - contd.
> >To vote at the referendum you have to register by 7 June. The online
> >form is here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
> >this one, interestingly, gives the government's pro-EU line under an
> >official stamp https://www.eureferendum.gov.uk/
> >and this one gives details on postal voting (applications must reach
> >the local electoral registration office by 5PM on 8 June - and the
> >lead time must be taken into account, so early steps should be
> >taken): https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting.
> >Encouraging an In vote
> >Probably the best way in to this is via individual students whom you
> >know, or via your own mailing lists. It is a matter of judgement how
> >well you think students will respond. But here, for what it is
> >worth, are a few good sites. http://studentsforeurope.org/ is the
> >obvious one for students wishing to get involved;
> >(you need to get past the initial letter to the posters - they are
> >(a good 7-point condensed argument) and a couple of others
> >https://www.donteuleave.com/ and
> >http://www.articles.reasons2remain.eu/ More officially, we have
> >http://www.strongerin.co.uk/ (the main Stronger In website)
> >http://www.britishinfluence.org/ (British Influence - right of
> >centre but good newletter you can sign up to) Depending on your
> >political preference, you may like Labour In
> >http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/inforbritain or the Lib Dems
> >http://www.libdems.org.uk/europe or the Tories
> >http://www.conservatives.in/ or the Greens
> >https://www.greenparty.org.uk/europe .... (but curiously enough,
> >there is no equivalent UKIP site...). Best AK
> >End of BRITARCH Digest - 23 May 2016 to 24 May 2016 (#2016-106)