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Training Archaeologists

Mar 05, 2008 by Joseph Reeves

I was present at a documentation meeting yesterday, something that seemed a prime candidate for the Opening process.

The idea is a simple one; OA have produced some very nice pockets guides to document the procedures required on site, these will be given to all members of field staff, but should, I argue, be given to every archaeology student in Britain. You want to know what needs to be recorded, how to take a photograph or how to draw a plan? It's all in the little book.

It was mentioned at the meeting that these should be copyrighted, maybe sold and generally milked for all the financial worth we could squeeze from them. I don't necessarily think that anyone would want to buy one, but the plan was that we'd try and get a short term financial gain from them; giving away things for free never helps anyone.

Of course, this isn't true at all. We should be asking people to copy them and use them elsewhere, we should be inviting universities to give them to their students. We should be offering to stump up the cash for it.

They should be printed up with the details of a suitable Creative Commons license on them and distributed as far and as wide as possible. Why bother training staff when they arrive here when we could be training them long before they get here? Why not get OA branded goodies out and about to people in Universities and local societies? Why not propose the OA method as the standard excavation method?

If we're lucky we might sell a handful of guides at £1.50 each; if we're willing to invest a small amount of money, we could further establish ourselves as the leaders in Archaeological services.


I'm with you...

Posted by Chris Puttick on March 05, 2008 at 01:52 PM GMT #

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