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DigVentures Questions Answered. Interview with Henry Rothwell - BAJR - 15th March 2012

Been following the DigVentures story? Over on the Digital Digging blog, Henry Rothwell?s been asking all the questions of Brendon from DigVentures. HERE?

Appealing to a cash-strapped industry (archaeology) was always going to be a risk ? how long did you kick the idea of crowdsourced archaeology around before it became worth the gamble?
?There?s a scene in Jaws when Chief Brody first catches sight of the mother of all Great White Sharks. ?You?re gonna need a bigger boat? he tells old sea dog Quint, staggering backwards at the enormity of the challenge. Our ?bigger boat? moment left us feeling exactly the same. We?d been working on the crowdsourcing/crowdfunding model for about a year and had a number of other great sites lined up ? but when the opportunity came at Flag Fen to pitch our idea to Vivacity (the charitable trust who look after the Archaeology Park) everything just fell into place.

From the outside, I have no doubt that this looked like an audacious ? even rookie move. But the reality is that we?d spent months debating the pros and cons of crowdfunding. We?d done our homework: taken legal advice, business advice, and had long discussions with our archaeological mentors. We were equally confident to take on the challenge archaeologically ? our Assistant Directors Mike Bamforth and Dave Britchfield both started their careers supervising trenches at Flag Fen, and I have spent several years in wet trenches in Ireland. As our team grew in number, new ideas came to the fore, and any potential issues were worked out well in advance of going public. By the 29th February, we were raring to go!?

Read more from Henry Rothwell?s interview with Brendon Wilkins over at Digital Digging

DigVentures Questions Answered. Interview with Henry Rothwell - Unitof1 - 15th March 2012

Thought bajr was bored with this topic, tried reading the "interview"

picked up on this

Quote:Our project is set within Flag Fen Archaeology Park ? a visitor attraction
managed on behalf of Peterborough City Council by Vivacity. Everyone is doing a
sterling job up there ? but, like any other public facility, it needs
continuous investment

looked up Vivacity - the public facility

got my hopes up when I came accross this

but then found the bizzar no hope framework

and noted that they have not yet issued accounts and could find none for PETERBOROUGH CULTURAL AND LEISURE TRUST or any related trust then got this

Quote:The council will contribute ?4.51m to the trust's proposed ?4.78m budget, although this amount is only guaranteed for a year.
without the accounts I cant work out the pension scam (sorry, sorry, sorry old habits) which kinda begs whats the point. Suppose we could ask who owns the land/archaeology which digventure want to dig and add that I could dig it for about ?5000 all on my own so why are they making such a song and dance about it all, presumably thats what you have to do to do crowd funding, cant say I like the term, I presume its like selling tickets for some entertainment so its another archaeology is time team event for individuals living in the longtail. I wonder what the market in the longtail is for bits of bronze age wood is, or what the cost per gram is to preserve the stuff plus turn it into a bangle. Still the offer stands, I will do the "Job" for ?5000 and that includes making the trinkets although I would probably go down the encasing them in epoxy resin route, add a chain, show CLASP how its done.