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Japan - Worries about Archaeological Companies
#1
Sound familiar??

Quote:quote:However, Seinan Gakuin University Prof. Hiroaki Takakura, who is dealing with the matter for the Japanese Archaeological Association, which is cautious about the participation of private companies in archaeological projects, remains skeptical.

"What happens if private sector researchers undertake a one-year project to study an important ruin that takes more than a year to survey? I don't want them to take short cuts purely to meet the deadline," Takakura said. "The preservation of cultural assets involves proper research and the writing of reports as well as maintaining and exhibiting the finds. Can the private sector take on such a responsibility?"

Can we look them in the eye... and say.... hey ... no worries!

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
Khufu
For really I think that the poorest he that is in England hath a life to live, as the greatest he
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#2
Quote:quote:
Can we look them in the eye... and say.... hey ... no worries!

How they do will have more to do with the framework in which the private companies operate, rather than whether the individuals within a company are 'up to it'.

I am yet to meet a commercial archaeologist who wouldn't jump at the chance at doing more on many sites but who are held back by a system which lacks the enforcement powers necessary to make a higher level of examination economically feasible.

Also, I would point out that there are countless post excavation departments out there doing some very impressive research within the current system, and we shouldn't belittle their efforts.

don't panic!
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#3
And of course the old-style organisation of public/academic sector had such a fine track record in publication before commercial archaeology as well.
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Quote:quote:Originally posted by voice of reason

And of course the old-style organisation of public/academic sector had such a fine track record in publication before commercial archaeology as well.

Big GrinBig GrinBig GrinBig Grin

"don't panic!"
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#5
Where's that quote from David?
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#6
Notwithstanding the genuine issues, do they suggest that non-commercial organizations never have deadlines and can take as long as they please, with an open budget?

I thought that only applied to government or FA funded construction!

You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
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#7
http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/foru...php?t=1385

me old mates across at Archaeology Fieldwork (USA) and yes it is me having a go about discrimination as well!

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."
Khufu
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#8
Quote:quote:Originally posted by trowelhead

What they need is a bit of Monkey Magic

that would be China
they are both quite far away in the same direction though...
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#9
Professor Takakura's concerns can be very easily dealt with by writing the brief/specification appropriately. If the timescale can't be quantified - don't put in a fixed deadline.

The problem, as expressed by him, appears to be more with the commissioning organisation than with the private sector organisation.

1man1desk

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