Urban Archaeology - Session 12: Writing for Archaeology


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This is the final session in the Urban Archaeology lifelong learning module. This session looked at different forms of writing for archaeology. Including blogging or maintaining wikis with the Council of British Archaeology for community-based fieldwork projects, and publishing archaeological reports. The session also covered ideas for where to go next, including information on where to volunteer in archaeology, and where to find jobs in the sector.

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  • http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka=AccessCambridgeArchaeology
  • http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka=CaerAlynArchaeologicalandHeritageProject
  • http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka=ClaspProject
  • http://smrarchaeology.wordpress.com/
  • http://rossnareedig.wordpress.com/
  • http://sherwoodforesthistory.blogspot.co.uk/
  • http://elfrethsalleyarchaeology.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Urban Archaeology - Session 12: Writing for Archaeology

    1. 1. This Session• Writing for Archaeology• Ways to get involved in Archaeology• Keeping up to date with Archaeology• Class Observation• Feedback Forms• Urban Archaeology Guides
    2. 2. Writing for Archaeology Urban Archaeology Session 12
    3. 3. Archaeology for All• We have looked at many areas of archaeology and many techniques.• Sharing your discoveries through publication is also big part of archaeology.
    4. 4. Why not share your research?
    5. 5. Publish Online• Not as scary as it sounds!• You can submit your research findings to organisations that will do the technical work for you.
    6. 6. Depositing Data• Archaeological Data Service – Advice for Depositors: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/advice/d epositCreate3
    7. 7. Investigation Indexes• Historic Environment Information Resources Network (HEIRNET) includes SMRs and NMRs: http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/heirnet/index.cfm• English Heritage Geophysical Survey Database: http://sdb2.eng-h.gov.uk/
    8. 8. Monument Indexes• Heritage Environment Records (referred to as HERs or SMRs). Find these through the Heritage Gateway: http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/ chr/default.aspx• ADS guidance documentation on HERs: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/ifp/Wiki.j sp?page=SectionD.6
    9. 9. Artefact Repositories• Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS): http://www.finds.org.uk/
    10. 10. Or Publish Online Yourself• Even this is easy, if you know where to look! – Use free blogging services – Find a host
    11. 11. Hosts for Online Publication• Council of British Archaeology, Community Archaeology pages: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/community/• CBA will host pages for community archaeology projects, at the Community Archaeology Forum: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wak ka=TemplatePages• CAF is a Wiki.
    12. 12. What is a Wiki?• Wikis are pages that many people can edit.• They have easy shortcut words that you can use when typing to create new pages.• CAF is a wiki, so anyone can start a new page for a new project.
    13. 13. How to use CAFCreating new pages:@@[[ProjectBackground background]] |[[ProjectMethodology methodology]] |[[ProjectResults results]] | [[ProjectDiscussiondiscussion]]@@.So, if your project was called ‘Highfield Campus Dig’you would type:@@[[HighfieldCampusDig background]] |[[HighfieldCampusDig methodology]] |[[HighfieldCampusDig results]] |[[HighfieldCampusDig discussion]]@@.
    14. 14. How to use CAF• This would give you four new pages in the website titled ‘HighfieldCampusDig’, called: – Background – Methodology – Results – Discussion
    15. 15. CAF Examples:• Access Cambridge Archaeology: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka =AccessCambridgeArchaeology• Caer Alyn Archaeological and Heritage Project: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka =CaerAlynArchaeologicalandHeritageProject• Community Landscape Archaeology Survey Project: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/caf/wikka.php?wakka =ClaspProject
    16. 16. Blogging• There are many free blogging platforms that you can sign up to. The most popular are:• Blogger: http://www.blogger.com/home?pli=1• Wordpress: http://wordpress.com/ – When you look for Wordpress, there are two possible options. – Wordpress.com is for blogs that are hosted by Wordpress. For these, you don’t need to do anything technical. You just need an email address to sign up, and web access to get to your blog. – Wordpress.org allows you to download and install your own blog, on your own server. This is the more advanced option. For most projects, Wordpress.com is flexible enough.
    17. 17. How to use Wordpress• Once you have a Wordpress account, you can have multiple blogs.• Blog is short for ‘web log’.• A blog is a website that has journal-like posts in chronological order.• But blogs are being used more and more as regular websites.
    18. 18. Some Examples:• Wordpress:• http://smrarchaeology.wordpress.com/• http://rossnareedig.wordpress.com/• Blogger:• http://sherwoodforesthistory.blogspot.co.uk/• http://elfrethsalleyarchaeology.blogspot.co.uk /
    19. 19. Terminology• If you are writing about Archaeology, wherever possible, try to use accepted terms.• For example, use word lists: – National Monuments and Records Thesauri: http://thesaurus.english- heritage.org.uk/frequentuser.htm – RCHME Archaeological Periods terms list: http://www.fish-forum.info/i_apl_e.htm
    20. 20. Get involved in Planning!• Getting involved in the planning process in your local area is easy.• There are lots of ways to do this.
    21. 21. Planning Regulations• Planning Policy Guidance 16 (PPG16) is no more!• Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment: Archaeology and Planning is no more!• Replaced with section 12 of the National Policy Planning Framework (March 2012): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications /national-planning-policy-framework--2
    22. 22. Ways to get involved• Community Planning: http://www.communityplanning.net/• Royal Town Planning Institute: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/• Local Strategic Partnerships Guide: http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/publications/the-lsp- guide• CABE Guide: Community-Led Spaces: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/sites/www.britarch.ac. uk/files/node-files/community-led-spaces.pdf• SAVE Britain’s Heritage, campaign guide: http://www.savebritainsheritage.org/your_campaign/
    23. 23. More ways to get involved• Civic Voice: http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/• The Victorian Society Campaign Guide: http://www.victoriansociety.org.uk/about/campa igning-guide/• Campaign to Protect Rural England, How to Challenge Bad Developments Guide: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/sites/www.britar ch.ac.uk/files/node- files/Howtochallengebaddevelopments_CPRE.pdf• The Heritage Alliance: http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/
    24. 24. Archaeology:Getting Involved Urban Archaeology Session 12
    25. 25. Ways to get involved• Community Archaeology• National organisations• Regional organisations• Research institutions• Commercial units
    26. 26. Community Archaeology• CBA Community Archaeology pages: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/community/
    27. 27. Archaeology Standards• IfA Standards Guides: http://www.archaeologists.net/codes/ifa• BAJR Guide 23 - Practical archaeology recording, includes context sheets and risk assessments: http://www.scribd.com/doc/13000839/BAJR- Guide-23-Recording-Report-and-other-templates• MOLAS Site Manual (1994 IS the most recent edition!): http://www.museumoflondonarchaeology.org.uk /NR/rdonlyres/056B4AFD-AB5F-45AF-9097- 5A53FFDC1F94/0/MoLASManual94.pdf
    28. 28. Fieldwork• Fieldwork lists: – http://www.archaeologyuk.org/briefing/fieldwork – British Archaeology Magazine: http://www.britisharchaeology.org/ – Archaeology Fieldwork jobs list: http://www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/AFW – Past Horizons Archaeology Projects: http://www.pasthorizons.com/worldprojects/ – Archaeological Institute of America (covers European fieldwork opportunities): http://www.archaeological.org/fieldwork/afob – Archaeology Abroad book, managed by UCL (has a £20 subscription, but is very good): http://www.archaeologyuk.org/archabroad/
    29. 29. National Organisations• Institute for Archaeologists (IfA): http://www.archaeologists.net/• Council for British Archaeology (CBA): http://new.archaeologyuk.org/
    30. 30. Specialist Organisations• The Young Archaeologists’s Club: www.britarch.ac.uk/yac/• The Prehistoric Society: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prehistoric/• The Association for Roman Archaeology: http://www.associationromanarchaeology.org/• The Society For Medieval Archaeology: http://www.socmedarch.org/• The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology: http://www.spma.org.uk/fs1/FS.html• The European Association of Archaeologists: http://www.e-a-a.org/• World Archaeological Congress: http://www.worldarchaeologicalcongress.org/site/home.php• The Association for Industrial Archaeology: http://industrial- archaeology.org/• The Society for Church Archaeology: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/socchurcharchaeol/
    31. 31. Related Organisations• English Heritage: http://www.english- heritage.org.uk/• Historic Scotland: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk• Cadw: http://cadw.wales.gov.uk• Portable Antiquities Scheme: http://www.finds.org.uk/• Rescue, The British Archaeological Trust: http://www.rescue- archaeology.freeserve.co.uk/• Scotland’s Past: http://www.scotlandspast.org/
    32. 32. Regional Organisations• Regional Branches of National Organisations – CBA Wessex: http://www.cba-wessex.org.uk/• Local Clubs – British Archaeology list of regional and local archaeology societies (not comprehensive, but very useful): http://www.britarch.ac.uk/info/socs.asp
    33. 33. Local to Hampshire• Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society: http://www.fieldclub.hants.org.uk/• Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society: http://www.hias.org.uk/• Hampshire Mills Group: http://www.hampshiremills.org/• Winchester City Trust: http://www.cwthome.co.uk/• Hampshire Genealogical Society: http://www.hgs-online.org.uk/• Basingstoke Archaeological and Historical Society: http://www.bahsoc.org.uk/• Lower Test Valley Archaeological Study Group: http://www.romseynet.org.uk/ltvas.htm• North East Hampshire Historical and Archaeological Society: http://www.hants.org.uk/nehhas/• Southampton Local History Forum: http://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/southamptonlocalhistoryforum/• WARG: the society for Winchester archaeology and local history (was Winchester Rescue Archaeology Group): http://www.warg.hampshire.org.uk/home.htm• Southampton Local History Forum: http://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/southamptonlocalhistoryforum/
    34. 34. Research Institutions• To check the reputation of an Archaeology Department, see The Subject Committee for Archaeology: http://www.universityarchaeology.org.uk/• Universities
    35. 35. Universities with Archaeology Departments University of LeicesterWEBSITEUniversity of AberdeenWEBSITE University of LiverpoolWEBSITEBangor, University of WalesWEBSITE University College, University ofQueens University, BelfastWEBSITE LondonWEBSITEUniversity of BirminghamWEBSITE University of ManchesterWEBSITEBournemouth UniversityWEBSITE Newcastle UniversityWEBSITEUniversity of BradfordWEBSITE University of NottinghamWEBSITEUniversity of BristolWEBSITE University of the Highlands &University of CambridgeWEBSITE Islands, Kirkwall CollegeWEBSITECardiff UniversityWEBSITE University of OxfordWEBSITEDurham UniversityWEBSITE University of ReadingWEBSITEUniversity of EdinburghWEBSITE University of SheffieldWEBSITEUniversity of ExeterWEBSITE University of SouthamptonWEBSITEUniversity of GlasgowWEBSITE Truro CollegeWEBSITEUniversity of Kent at CanterburyWEBSITE University of WinchesterWEBSITELampeter, University of WalesWEBSITE University of YorkWEBSITE
    36. 36. Commercial Units• Index of commercial units that take volunteers: http://www.archaeologyuk.org/archonline
    37. 37. Charities• Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology: http://www.hwtma.org.uk/• Wessex Archaeology: http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/
    38. 38. Keeping up to date with Archaeology
    39. 39. Keeping up to date• Training and Events• Online Resources• Publications• Academic Papers• Archaeological Reports
    40. 40. Training & Events• CBA and English Heritage run, Training Online Resource Centre (TORC): http://www.torc.org.uk/• Festival of British Archaeology (July each year): http://festival.britarch.ac.uk/• IfA Jobs Information Service (paid, free to IfA members): http://www.archaeologists.net/jis• British Archaeological Jobs Resource (BAJR) (replaces the Digger, has the archive to 2006): http://www.bajr.org/Employment/UKEmploymen t.asp
    41. 41. Online Resources• Channel 4 Time Team website: http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/T/timete am/• The Archaeology Data Service: http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/• Archnet: http://archnet.asu.edu/• Archaeology: http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/kevin.greene/ wintro/index.htm• Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe: http://odur.let.rug.nl/arge/• Spoilheap: http://www.spoilheap.co.uk/
    42. 42. Other Resources• University of Leicester Museums Jobs Desk: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/museumstudies/Jo bsDesk• Museum Jobs: http://www.museumjobs.com/• Archaeologie Forum (in German, but the jobs postings are in English!): http://archaeologieforum.at/index.php/cb-jiob-anzeige• Underwater Archaeology and Maritime History Jobs: http://underwaterarchaeologyjobs.wordpress.com/
    43. 43. Publications• Antiquity: http://antiquity.ac.uk/• Archaeology Ireland: http://www.wordwellbooks.com/publisher.ph p?Publishers=Archaeology+Ireland• British Archaeology: www.britarch.ac.uk/BA/ba.html• Current Archaeology magazine: http://www.archaeology.co.uk/
    44. 44. Academic Papers• Journal of Open Archaeology Data (note this is data, not papers or reports): http://openarchaeologydata.metajnl.com• Open Access Archaeology ( index of open access archaeology resources): http://www.openaccessarchaeology.org/• Directory of Open Access Journals: http://www.doaj.org/doaj?cpid=12&func=subject• Internet Archaeology Journal (part-free, part-paid): http://intarch.ac.uk/• The Data Hub, open access data for Archaeology (again, data, not publications): http://datahub.io/group/archaeology
    45. 45. Archaeological Reports• Free to access archaeological data and reports:• Archaeology Data Service’s ArchSearch, catalogue of all data held by the ADS: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archsearch/• Archaeology Data Service’s Archives, includes journals, reports, entire project archives, PhD theses, and grey literature: http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/• If an organisation already hosts reports online, the ADS will only have a catalogue record. E.g. with Wessex Archaeology, the reports are here: http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/reports but are also included on the ADS archives website.• Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports (with Society of Antiquaires of Scotland): http://www.sair.org.uk/• British Archaeological Reports (BAR reports), from Archaeopress (these cost. £18 for digital version, £30 printed edition): http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Public/defaultArchaeopress.asp• English Heritage Archaeology Archive is all on PastScape: http://www.pastscape.org.uk/
    46. 46. Investigation Registers• OASIS - Online AccesS to the Index of archaeological investigationS: http://www.oasis.ac.uk/• Bournemouth University Archaeological Investigations Project (BuAIP) gazetters: http://csweb.bournemouth.ac.uk/aip/aipintro .htm
    47. 47. Keep in Contact!• Nicole Beale: nicole.beale@soton.ac.uk• Gareth Beale: gareth.beale@soton.ac.uk• Urban Archaeology Website: http://urbarch.wordpress.com/• Archaeological Computing Research Group: http://acrg.soton.ac.uk/