Value and values in   excavation recording             Martin LocockSenior Project Officer, Strata Florida Heritage       ...
Two observations• Site tour – selective, opinionated,  allusive, individual, speculative• Archive – objective, structured,...
Two observations• Site tour – selective, opinionated,  allusive, individual, speculative =  interesting• Archive – objecti...
Archaeological practice   Interesting/ useful not necessary   Interesting / useful + necessary   Not interesting / useful ...
Philosophy of recording• Logical positivism  – Measurability  – Objectivity  – Consistency• Reflexive methodologies  – Con...
Philosophy of recordingT5 Heathrow“production of a coherent and empirically  validated site narrative remains the  fundame...
UDAS
Philosophy of recording•   Single interpretation•   Recorder as surrogate for director/reader•   Value = report/archive•  ...
Lean management•   Mapping work processes•   Creation of value•   Reduction of waste•   Maintenance•   Continuous improvem...
Effort• Excavation / recording £1000/day   Recording   Excavation     Admin
ValueRecordingExcavation  Admin
Excavation       processSource: S Roskams 2001Stratigraphy
Excavation       processSource: S Roskams 2001Stratigraphy
Excavation           processInterpretation?    Source: S Roskams 2001    Stratigraphy
Recording• Photography• Drawing                            © Copyright Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse
Context recording• Administration and  relationships• Description (structured)• Description (free)• Interpretation
Context recording• Administration and  relationships• Description (structured)• Description (free)• Interpretation
Context recording• Administration and  relationships                      Interpretation?• Description (structured)• Descr...
Notebook•   Meta-narrative•   High-level interpretation•   Watching briefs•   (allowed?)•   Whose interpretation?
The future• Work that creates no value• Work that creates limited value• Work that creates value• Empowerment of the prima...
Thanks         P J Carne, UDAS John Lewis, Society of Antiquaries      Andrew Marvell, GGAT       Quentin Drew UWTSD      ...
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Paper from TAG 2012 reviewing recording and excavation practice, arguing that primary recorder should be responsible for more active decision-making and interpretation. Commentary available from http://panopto.lamp.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=3156c19d-1d85-424d-b4ad-c5832420603e

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Value and values in excavation recording

  1. 1. Value and values in excavation recording Martin LocockSenior Project Officer, Strata Florida Heritage Landscape Tourism Project
  2. 2. Two observations• Site tour – selective, opinionated, allusive, individual, speculative• Archive – objective, structured, standardised, consistent© Copyright Bob Embleton and licensed for reuse
  3. 3. Two observations• Site tour – selective, opinionated, allusive, individual, speculative = interesting• Archive – objective, structured, standardised, consistent = boring• Significance and meaning© Copyright Bob Embleton and licensed for reuse
  4. 4. Archaeological practice Interesting/ useful not necessary Interesting / useful + necessary Not interesting / useful but necessary Not interesting / useful and not necessary
  5. 5. Philosophy of recording• Logical positivism – Measurability – Objectivity – Consistency• Reflexive methodologies – Construction of knowledge – Surfacing assumptions and debating ideas – Embracing subjectivity
  6. 6. Philosophy of recordingT5 Heathrow“production of a coherent and empirically validated site narrative remains the fundamental objective of the excavation ” John BarrettInterpretation during excavationEntities not contextsStaff uncomfortable
  7. 7. UDAS
  8. 8. Philosophy of recording• Single interpretation• Recorder as surrogate for director/reader• Value = report/archive• Memories/experience?• Reification of commercial practice
  9. 9. Lean management• Mapping work processes• Creation of value• Reduction of waste• Maintenance• Continuous improvement
  10. 10. Effort• Excavation / recording £1000/day Recording Excavation Admin
  11. 11. ValueRecordingExcavation Admin
  12. 12. Excavation processSource: S Roskams 2001Stratigraphy
  13. 13. Excavation processSource: S Roskams 2001Stratigraphy
  14. 14. Excavation processInterpretation? Source: S Roskams 2001 Stratigraphy
  15. 15. Recording• Photography• Drawing © Copyright Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse
  16. 16. Context recording• Administration and relationships• Description (structured)• Description (free)• Interpretation
  17. 17. Context recording• Administration and relationships• Description (structured)• Description (free)• Interpretation
  18. 18. Context recording• Administration and relationships Interpretation?• Description (structured)• Description (free)• Interpretation
  19. 19. Notebook• Meta-narrative• High-level interpretation• Watching briefs• (allowed?)• Whose interpretation?
  20. 20. The future• Work that creates no value• Work that creates limited value• Work that creates value• Empowerment of the primary recorder• Engagement with process and content• Data or meaning
  21. 21. Thanks P J Carne, UDAS John Lewis, Society of Antiquaries Andrew Marvell, GGAT Quentin Drew UWTSD Martin Locock10simplesteps.blogspot.com m.locock@tsd.ac.uk

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