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    Notes from the Aughty People & Earth Day Archaeology discussion group, recorded by Graham Hull.

     

    The archaeology group identified a number of issues.

    I think one of our ideas could possibly link in with all the other groups and that was a mapping exercise.

    • Would it be possible to reproduce maps online that could be annotated by the community and by the different groups?
    • From an archaeological point of view that would link in with the environmental.
    • As archaeologists we could say - we have got a list of monuments that are recognised by the authorities already - others that we all know about that aren't on any maps - ploughed away, built on, ignored, unnoticed.
    • If we could start to annotate the maps of our own environment and say "I think there is something there" - and we can just write it down: it is not an official thing - it does not have any legal status - but it indicates to the local authorities that there is a potential there.

    Not just that:

    • We could also layer onto the maps local knowledge about field names, like names of fields that will be lost perhaps in another fifty years if this information isn't passed on - it will be lost. If we can catch that information now, we could add it to the maps, put it onto the online maps.
    • Maps could also incorporate local stories associated with places.
    • You could have a map with different coloured dots: you could say, I want to know about the biological environment, I want to know about the archaeological environment - just click through the maps because it's all about the landscape.

    The other thing we talked about was the relationship between local schools and archaeological monuments.

    • You could promote an idea that the school has a borrowed ownership/borrowed interest in a monument near to the school.
    • The school children could go and look at the monument that was sort of their school's monument
    • A series of national schools could have a monument or two monuments each that might be a focus for day trips.
    • It might be a focus for archaeologists to come and talk to the school.

    We also thought that perhaps archaeologists in this community could do more to inform the community - not for profit, not for fee.

    • If you think you might have an archaeological feature in your field and no one knows about it why not ask an archaeologist to come and look
    • We could do that, and it's not just this group, but as the momentum gets bigger and the waves get further, more and more people see us, online I imagine.
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