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#31
Sometimes even ice creams............
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#32
BAJR Wrote:hhhmmmm

an interesting take on things. SO what is your vision for archaeology? or do you see archaeology in development as a shouty tight H&S box ticking, hi viz helmet wearing po-faced temporal contamination engineer, we are here to do a job, not archaeology type of thingy?

The days of Archaeology as something which is enjoyable are still here... and are a damn sight more fun.

20 years in archaeology and you seem to have lost yer puff...



I despair, I really do...
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#33
BAJR Wrote:hhhmmmm

... SO what is your vision for archaeology? or do you see archaeology in development as a shouty tight H&S box ticking, hi viz helmet wearing po-faced temporal contamination engineer, we are here to do a job, not archaeology type of thingy?

The days of Archaeology as something which is enjoyable are still here... and are a damn sight more fun.

My 'big lie' is that archaeology is fun and educational, a better class than any other out there. Where else can almost all aspects of science meet all aspects of humanties in such a interesting and challenging way. It is basically CSI on steroids.

Which brings me to my vision. 1. there will always be commercial mitigation, museums/curators/regulators, and academics. 2. there will be a forth pillar of archaeology and hopefully bigger then all the others, public archaeology. A nice day out on a public dig with some mates is probably the most enjoyable of any archaeology. Sell the public on how interesting and fun archaeology can be and you can make public archaeology the forth pillar. With lots of nice jobs Big Grin

not that you asked for my 2 pence but there you go
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#34
You seem to be assuming that the current 'fad' for any/everything 'heritage' will last (just look at this week's TV listings - overload!)...and how do you know that there will always be 'commercial mitigation' which is, in the scheme of things, rather a new development which has rather conspicuously not got past its 'bedding in' phase and could disappear again just as quickly as perceptions and fashions change (or the development sector band together to say NO! to government...) - enjoy it while you can :face-kiss:
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#35
Jack Wrote:Sometimes even ice creams............

Ooh, fancy! Too rich for me though Big Grin
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#36
Too true. History teaches us...................nothing is forever
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#37
Jack Wrote:Too true. History teaches us...................nothing is forever

especially my knees, too much climbing in and out of deep holes on this job, am pining after my nice flattish prehistoric mega-site :face-crying:
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#38
Jack Wrote:Too true. History teaches us...................nothing is forever

Yes, but history also teaches us that things can last a really long time}Smile.
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#39
Doug Wrote:Yes, but history also teaches us that things can last a really long time}Smile.

Depends on the relative position of the observer/ thing. Existence is fleeting, nature abhors a vacuum, everything is destined to end up as dust.

It wouldn't take much to render history/archaeology irrelevant in the eyes of the powers that be. Whether its a big war, nuclear terrorism, environmental disaster, or the great asteroid Apohosis.
Its just few of us have experienced anything that big in our lifetimes and hence can't image that level of change to our comfortable lives.
But that doesn't mean things will remain so.

Just out of prophetical interest, things to look out for, coming soon......

Israel/US war with Iran threatens to drag the planet into another world war
Rapid climatic change events threaten food supplies and wreak havoc with the economies of many countries
Viral outbreak spirals out of control as governments ignore advice from WHO claiming they are scaremongering
Asteroid strike around 2030
The first 'collapse' of a western country - who will it be? Place your bets....
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#40
Jack Wrote:The first 'collapse' of a western country - who will it be? Place your bets....

Rome wasn't built in a day but it wasn't destroyed in a day either. Commercial archaeology took decades to make and will at least take years to destroyxx(, assuming we let it happen.

Though if we are placing bets on a gigantic event that will be world changing to make us irrelevant.... Zombie bunnies with fangs like those on mighty python. Especially in the UK, with the tight gun laws, it will be pretty much game over.

The western US should do pretty fine with its ridiculously high gun to people ratio and large amounts of government land requiring archaeological survey. As the saying goes, I'll just head west.
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