Well I am so glad my little missive encouraged so much debate because of my sloppy use of terminology. As it happens I completely agree that archaeology is the activity and not the 'product'. Yes I should have said archaeological remains, mea culpa (probably got this wrong as I failed latin CSE). Point is though I was trying to send a helpful response to a researcher and I think she and I understood each other. I would not have been so unforgivably imprecise in an article or publication but in a chatty email you were lucky I did not use text speak. Lol Richard.