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  Are Standards in field Archaeology Slipping
Posted by: Wax - 16th May 2015, 11:38 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (90)

So what is more important meeting the needs of the client (quick, cheap temporal contamination removal) or maintaining and improving the standard of the archaeological resource? Have been hearing a few horror stories lately and am wondering if there has been a general decline in standards. As the tales I am hearing are hear say there is no point complaining to CIFA.

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  Election Prediction
Posted by: GnomeKing - 8th May 2015, 02:58 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (5)

nearly everything stays the same in England > seats, policy, numpties. >> with such a crap turnout, no wonder nearly every seat is held by the same support of the same voters as last time...

thats "alright for jack" and 'UK Inc'., as we are really just talking about differnt flavours of Troy anyway.

Personally, I think its a shame Pliad did not do better Wales - also for Greens nationally.

UKIP continue to show increased discontentment with the 'established status quo'

(lid dems...no comment)

The real winners are the SNP - wow! - ...i knew the Scots would not forgive the utter shite that English Red/Blue propaganda machine has spouted

Gnome also expects record turn-out in Scotland >>> and no wonder, as this perhaps the only place where people think they might actually have some democratic voice in how they are governed !

Slangevar!!

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  Excavation archives as case studies
Posted by: pdurdin - 7th May 2015, 09:42 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (34)

I'm currently in my second year of a BA Archaeology at the University of York. My third year dissertation will include developing a method for quantitatively assessing quality in excavation archives, and I hope to complete the research portion of this over the summer. However, due to changes in staff and staff being away on leave, some of the archives I'd hoped to get access to aren't currently available.

So I'm looking for 2-3 small to medium commercial excavation archives to use as case studies, preferably from within the last 5-10 years as my focus is on current practices. The nature or period of the archaeology doesn't matter, all I'm looking for is complete archives to test the methodology.

If you can help, or refer me to a good source, please PM me.

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  what federation ?
Posted by: Marc Berger - 6th May 2015, 10:14 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (1)

what federation?





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  Diggers Forum. Anonymous Complaints.
Posted by: Crocodile - 2nd May 2015, 12:26 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (40)

Apparently if you want to make an anonymous complaint to the cIFA you have to go through the Diggers' Forum. This raises a number of questions.

Why can't the cIFA offer the same process, filtering out malicious complaints and putting forward complaints on behalf of anonymous complainants?

What are an individuals legal rights to anonymity if one makes a complaint through the Diggers' Forum?

Why does the recipient of a complaint need to know who the complainant is? And if they do, how come an anonymous complaint is acceptable via the Diggers' Forum but not directly via the IFA? What's the difference?

What is the official status of an anonymous complaint through the Diggers' Forum? Does it have an official status? Or is it just self proclaimed bigger boys who reckon they can sort stuff out behind closed doors that can't be done by the official route?

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  I told them nothing
Posted by: Marc Berger - 26th April 2015, 09:09 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (2)

Oasis have been sending me blogs about a survey they did:http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/blog...6#more-186. I distinctly responded to their survey with the request that they pay me for my copyright but this aspect would appear to have been ignored in their survey. A few years ago I received a load of documents in the post to sign over my copyrights to them which I promptly ignored. At the time they knew that they were most vulnerable to the copyright problem over backlogs which they covered by not letting the contractors upload without validation from Planning authorities.. This elephant in archaeology was also eluded to by The London HER officer in one of the oasis blogs

Quote:One obvious problem with this is copyright, and so we have been working with our legal team to draw up a copyright agreement we can send out to organisations who have deposited reports with us over the years. Now given the number of reports we hold, just over 12,000, this is going to take a long time, so is unlikely to happen very soon
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/blog/oasis/?p=151

Anyway imagine my surprise when some very badly photocopied facsimiles of my reports which I had supplied to satisfy to unenforcable parts of a brief somehow were up loaded to the so called oasis presumably validated by my local planning authority without any uploading from me. I have tried finding any reference to this process in their survey or blogs particulrly the HER one http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/blog...1#more-171 but it appears to be a secret, presumably commercial. I quite like the juxtaposition of these comments though

Quote:Yes, providing that the data attached to the report doesn’t replicate the HER – see previous comments. I’m not about to assist in making the HER redundant!”

“Yes. When we originally set up the Worcestershire Online Archaeology Library, we envisaged it as a temporary measure until OASIS could take them. I’d rather there was a single place to go for all data, and that place should be OASIS, not individual county systems.”

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  Computers taking archaeology jobs away
Posted by: pdurdin - 13th April 2015, 07:26 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (14)

Okay, title is tongue-in-cheek. Have I missed discussion on this, or did it pass under the radar?

https://www.stfc.ac.uk/3557.aspx

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  glass floors
Posted by: jeffpinto - 6th April 2015, 08:14 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (2)

If "preservation in situ" is to be nearly always preferred (laughs histerically as this nearly NEVER happens), why don`t developers put glass floors in? It has been used as an effective medium in other European countries and-turns out to be cheaper..anyone looked into this?[?]

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  Is anyone based in Hampshire?
Posted by: jeffpinto - 6th April 2015, 07:57 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (2)

#NAME?

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  A guide for Self-employed field archaeologists
Posted by: BAJR - 3rd April 2015, 09:33 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (4)

Well for those of you thinking of setting up as Self Employed. Here is the BAJR Guide created by Marc Berger and BAJR to give you the low-down on the basics.

Register with HMRC, A question of VAT, Insurance, Charges and more. Don't get fooled or get in a mess.

Guide 36
A guide for Self-employed field archaeologists


http://www.bajr.org/BAJRGuides/36.%20Sel...logist.pdf


http://www.bajr.org/BAJRread/BAJRGuides.asp

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