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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

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?


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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)


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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



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  Precision Multi Layer Analysis
Posted by: Stephen Jack - 3rd April 2015, 08:39 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (7)


I have not posted on here in several years, but I decided to look at some old projects recently to see if problems I had encountered at the time, were resolved.

Precision Multi-Layer Analysis, this a process in the context of what I was working, makes use of data collected by private individuals .
So the precision element is GPS data which measures X and Y to a few mm and costs less than $100.
Multi-Layer is different sensor data
Analysis, the ability accurately overlay data and compare.

When low cost high precision GPS arrives probably in 2017 there is likely to be a large increase in data collected by private individuals that will be of benefit to Archaeology and other disciplines, and where as in the past there would be accuracy and reliability problems, this data will be different due to the precision of GPS.

So the questions I have are

What value would it be to Archaeology?
How would you collect the data?

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  A worrying matter
Posted by: Jack - 30th March 2015, 12:53 PM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (12)

Been made aware of this issue, passing on a letter:

Roman Roads Research Association

Roman Villa Site at Aiskew, Bedale, N.Yorks

When preliminary work took place for the Bedale bypass several years ago, a Roman villa site was discovered. The details of the site were deliberately with-held to protect it, although it wasn't thought that the discovery was particularly significant. For the past few months the site has been partly excavated prior to the construction of the road. It soon became apparent that this is the most significant villa site discovered in the north in recent years despite the remains being heavily robbed out.

During which time several of us who knew about it have been sworn to secrecy, with various promises of open days and site visits which have come to nothing. Finally, however, North Yorkshire County Council have given permission for the distribution of a press release about the site, which you can read by clicking here. You will note that the release is dated four weeks ago, and only just released.

What the press release does not say, however, is that only the part of the site affected by the course of the road direct has been excavated. A licence to excavate the remainder runs out at the end of March and it is now clear that NYCC will not fund the remaining work, even if the landowner were to agree to extend the licence. I understand that an application may have been made for emergency scheduling, although because the land was ploughed before the excavation began scheduling would not prevent the landowner from ploughing the site again. The sad reality is that without a management agreement with the landowner (unlikely because of the costs involved) the site may well not survive for long.

Please feel free to distribute this email to whomsoever you choose.


Mike Haken
(Chairman, RRRA)

Our mailing address is:Roman Roads Research Association
Park Cottage, Nidd,

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3BN
United Kingdom

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Posted by: jeffpinto - 22nd March 2015, 09:59 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (6)

Is it within the AUP to ask for accurate reports of redundancies - ie. name of company, how many, what positions and when? I hear this and that on the rumour mill but few hard facts - often a mixture of passed on gossip and speculation, third- or fourth-hand. (This often seems the way in archaeology.)I know we are in difficult times and I know that many jobs have been lost and many more will go (my own is in doubt) - but where can I go for the blunt facts?

The data may be interesting - are there regions that are particularly badly hit and others where the impact is less? Which jobs are going - diggers? post-ex? managers? all? Are some companies faring better than others? If so why? Etc......

Apologies if this has already been addressed.

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  Commitment to educate
Posted by: jeffpinto - 22nd March 2015, 09:15 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (4)

It's quarter past two in the morning and I've just finished working on this portal for education that the leadership want.

I'm repeatedly told that there's a 'commitment' to education and I'm also frequently told there's a surfeit of information and sites on the web.

What are people's views on this? Is this commitment wide reaching? Can yet more be done online?

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  Looking for some sources!
Posted by: jeffpinto - 22nd March 2015, 09:11 AM - Forum: The Site Hut - Replies (4)

I'm doing a spot of research into mollusc shells, and one thing is frustrating me, so I thought there has to be a BAJRite or two who can give me some pointers.

I *know* that oyster shell has been used as a construction material in the past, and not just for making lime or mortar, but the shell itself used as a structural element, e.g. a packing shim; but I can't for the life of me find a printed reference to this going on.

If, by any chance, anybody reading this has encountered such a thing (perhaps in a building survey) and knows that it has gone into writing (grey lit. report or publication), please please please let me know!

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