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
- 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
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.