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Our own personal archaeological archives.....Any ideas?
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I remember hearing a story from an archaeological friend who visited an ageing archaeologists he had met in his youth. By this time the elderly archaeologist was very feeble and bed ridden and as my friend sat next to his bed passing the time of day he happened to glance down and see under the old boy's bed. Literally under the bed, were cardboard boxes marked with the names of sites he had worked on in his own youth. Data that would presumably pass into dust with the passing of the occupant of the bed.

I was reminded of this story today when I had to rescue some old data files from a long ago abandoned portable disk drive. I am sitting here right now with 3 of these things plugged into my laptop, I guess in total something approaching a couple of terabytes of data. I'd like to think there is nothing there of primary importance (i.e all of the raw data is deposited in some other more appropriate place), but there are photos, drafts of reports that never saw the light of day, alternative versions of reports that DID see the light of day, drawings maps, plans, my theories as to the identity of Jack the Ripper etc etc. I don't want to worry anyone, but I do know where the bodies are buried!! Figuratively and literally!!

With a little bit of thought and a small amount of time and armed with a copy of my CV I could probably attach a narrative to this data that might in some future time prove of interest to some passing Martian.....but where would I deposit such an archive? Isn't it about time that we had some kind of depository for such material, a DropBox of archaeological lives that includes our own personal narrative? (plus of course my long held belief that BAJR should host an obituary site for past colleagues and friends). Anyone have any thoughts on this?
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
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Our own personal archaeological archives.....Any ideas? - by kevin wooldridge - 23rd November 2013, 01:20 PM

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