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As an editor of Past Horizons I would like to explain a little of what we are about and the type of archaeology that we wish to highlight.

There are many archaeological projects around the world that get little or no recognition for the work that they do. Some of them only exist because of funding from volunteers and some of them are funded through universities. The quality of that research work obviously is extremely varied but I have found that some of the best research has been started by individuals or groups who are totally committed to their objectives and goals and could not carry that work out if it were not for the cash injection of volunteers. In turn volunteers can get many benefits from this interaction and some go on to make a career out of archaeology or can help in other ways with fundraising or research or with different types of expertise that they can bring to the table. I have also seen where archaeology can bring together communities who have on the face of it a very mixed heritage but can start to obtain an understanding of where they came from and how events in their past led them to where they are now. I have also seen where communites have been strengthened from the impact that archaeology brings to them.

Sometimes archaeologists struggle with the question of why archaeology is important but I can truly say that since starting Past Horizons I can see many positives things happening because of the work that archaeologists are doing around the world. Some are involved in both archaeology and conservation. Some are involved in archaeology and social inclusion and some seek to train their students so that they in turn can go out and choose the type of archaeology that they want to do whether that is research for its own sake, commercial archaeology or working with volunteers.

So, at the risk of sounding like an archaeological evangelist. Take heart, I learn something every time I have to edit an article and in each of these articles I see something that is both inspirational and educational. I hope that you in turn will see that too.

Happy 2010 to each and all of you. And remember if you are involved in an archaeology or heritage conservation project that you would like people to hear about just get in touch and we can talk about an article: