Breaking New Ground: how professional archaeology works, Kenneth Aitchison’s 2012 contemporary history of professional archaeology in the UK, how it developed and what the key organisations and sites have been  – is now reduced in price.

It’s now available through amazon.co.uk for only £0.99.

a good, exhaustive guide and update for the archaeologist and non archaeologist in understanding how archaeology in the UK has developed  Stratman, October 2012

 

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Landward Research Ltd are delighted to have worked with the South Downs National Park Authority to produce

Guidelines for the Stewardship of Heritage Assets in Forestry Management,

as part of the Secrets of the High Woods programme.

Coralie Mills of Dendrochronicle and Gordon Brown of John Clegg & Co worked with Doug Rocks-Macqueen to write these guidelines, which Landward Research Ltd are very pleased to have published on behalf of SDNPA. Quonya Huff designed the publication, which showcases Landward’s expertise in working collaboratively at the interface between heritage and natural environment.

These guidelines have been produced as a consequence of an idea which developed during the Secrets of the High Woods project, as described by Ian McConnell in the recently published Secrets of the High Woods project book (McConnell in Manley 2016). That is, to engage with local foresters and land managers to make them aware of the newly discovered archaeological resources within their estates so that the potential impacts of forestry activities on those resources could be mitigated in practical ways. These guidelines are the result of consultation with those foresters and land managers of the wooded estates.

The document briefly reviews the Secrets of the High Woods project, legislation, standards & guidance surrounding forestry management and the archaeology of the area. The appendices cover these topics in greater depth.  The heart of the guidelines covers how to obtain archaeological advice and how resources, like Historic Environment Records, are available to support the protection of heritage assets. Furthermore, it presents several case studies from the South Downs that highlight best practice being undertaken in forestry work to avoid damaging cultural heritage assets.

 

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The report on Skills Needs in Buildings History and Garden History 2016-17 is available for download

Skills Needs in Buildings History and Garden History 2017

 

Executive Summary

The synthetic results presented here and in this report’s sister project, Survey of Archaeological Specialists 2016-17 (Aitchison 2017) allow for comparison between sub-sectors and across specialist areas in the Historic Environment sector. This report covers the results of a survey of buildings history and garden history specialists based on 408 responses.
The key findings of this survey are:

 Charges: Buildings history specialists charge day rates between £50 – £1,280 with a median of £350 and average of £394.
 Charges: Garden history specialists charge day rates between £120 – £800 with a median of £375 and an average of £383.
 Competition: Most specialists in both subsectors encounter moderate amounts of competition.
 Employers: 62.9% of buildings history and 52.7% of garden history specialists work for commercial companies.
 Employer type: Most of the specialists are either sole traders or work for larger organisations (with more than nine employees). Location: Both subsector specialists are based throughout the UK but the south of England and Scotland have the highest concentrations of specialists.
 Gender: Two thirds of both subsector specialists are male. However, this is related to age and there is gender parity between specialists under the age of 45.
 Age: The largest age cohort is those aged 55-64 in both specialisms.
 Ethnicity: Both subsectors are ethnically unrepresentative, with only one person of a non-white background working in them.
 Disability: There are also very low levels of building history and garden history specialists with stated disabilities.
 Qualifications gained: Roughly two-thirds of the specialists have a Masters degree, though few have a PhD.
 Retirement: 12% of buildings history or garden history specialists plan to retire in the next five years, with a further 25-30% planning on stopping working in these sectors in 6-10 years.
 Working hours: 70% of respondents work full-time, with those who are older more likely to work part-time.
 Waiting lists: Half of the specialists currently have waiting lists of work, indicating a mixed work situation in terms of demand.
 Qualifications needed: Buildings history and garden history specialists believe a Masters or undergraduate degree is required to become a specialist but not a PhD. The majority believe new entrants need 1-2+ years of experience and ongoing professional mentoring.
 Entry level training: Buildings history specialists typically consider that it is moderately difficult for new entrants to gain initial specialist training. Garden history specialist find it more difficult.
 CPD access: Respondents consider it to be moderately difficult to access training to facilitate their ongoing continuing professional development.
 CPD types: Reading professional publications, attending specialists’ conferences and taking refresher courses are the preferred routes to obtain CPD.
 Skills loss: No areas of buildings history or garden history are at risk of skills loss within the next five years.
 Skills loss 2: However, beyond the five-year horizon between 25-29% of respondents plan to retire in 6-10 years. In five years’ time it is therefore likely that there could be shortages in both fields.
 Future workload and Brexit effect: A large portion of buildings history and garden history specialists do not anticipate any changes in demand for their services in the near future. The anticipation of Brexit has no effect on these beliefs.

At the end of this report recommendations are made which set out possible actions for individual specialists, training providers and funding bodies to address some of the findings of this survey.

 

The report and project data have been accessioned to the Archaeology Data Service and are available at 

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The Survey of Archaeological Specialists 2016-17 report has been published.

Download Survey of Archaeological Specialists 2016-17.

Executive Summary

A survey of archaeological specialists has found that, in early 2017, specialists appear to have recovered from the economic downturn of the previous decade, but are cautious about the possibility that there will be increased demand for their services in the near to medium future.

This study, which has aimed to collect data from a wide variety of areas of specialist activity within archaeology, received information from 882 specialists. The synthetic results presented here allow for comparison between specialisms and across broad specialist areas.

Comments received from respondents make it clear that not everyone who is working in this sector is doing this to earn a living, as some are delivering services on a voluntary basis.

  • Archaeological Specialists charge day rates between £40 – £3,000 with an average day rate of £259.
  • Typical charges are highest in the areas of survey and “other” specialisms, and are lowest for illustration and archiving specialist services.
  • More archaeological specialists encounter “very little” than encounter a “great deal” of competition
  • More archaeological specialists work for commercial companies (39.2%) than work for other forms of organisations.
  • 2% of archaeological specialists work for larger organisations (with more than nine employees)
  • Archaeological specialists are based throughout the UK, with the highest concentrations in Scotland, south-east and south-west England.
  • 55% of archaeological specialists are female.
  • The ages of archaeological specialists are relatively evenly distributed between 25 and 65, with the mean age of an archaeological specialist being calculated as 47.2.
  • Archaeological specialisms are ethnically unrepresentative of the UK workforce as a whole, with 97.5% being white.
  • There is also a very low level (3.4%) of archaeological specialists who are disabled.
  • More than three quarters of archaeological specialists have a Masters degree or higher qualification.
  • 5% of archaeological specialists plan to retire in the next five years, with 28.6% planning on stopping working in the next 10 years.
  • Just under two thirds of archaeological specialists work full-time.
  • Less than half of archeological specialists currently have waiting lists of work indicating a potentially unhealthy level of demand.
  • Most archaeological specialists believe a postgraduate Masters or PhD is required to become a specialist. Also, the majority believe new entrants need at least a year of experience and ongoing professional mentoring.
  • Archaeological specialists consider that it is difficult for new entrants to gain initial specialist training.
  • The majority of archaeological specialists consider that ongoing CPD training is “very” or “quite” difficult to access; overall, CPD training is considered to be more difficult to access than entry-level training.
  • Reading professional publications, attending specialist and general conferences are the most preferred routes to obtain CPD.
  • Only one area (Physical Dating) is considered to be at risk of skills loss as a result of a high proportion of current specialists intending to cease working within the next five years. In no areas were significant reductions in workload anticipated to lead to loss of expertise.
  • Archaeological specialists anticipate that major infrastructure projects will lead to more projects, but with increased pressure on them to deliver, leading to them having to reduce their costs and to an overall reduction in the number of archaeological specialists.
  • It is anticipated that the UK’s forthcoming departure from the European Union will have relatively little effect on archaeological specialists’ working lives, but they do think it would also lead to a reduction in the number of archaeological specialists.

Recommendations are made which set out actions for individual specialists, training providers and funding bodies.

 

This report has been accessioned to the Archaeology Data Service, and is available at 

 

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Mark Spanjer

Mark Spanjer, one of Landward Research Ltd’s Directors, is standing for election to the European Association of Archaeologists‘ Executive Board in 2017.

Landward Research Ltd strongly endorses his candidacy! This is his inspiring election statement.

The year was 2000 and I, Mark Spanjer, was at the European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting for the first time. I can still see Lisbon’s Centro Cultural de Belem in my mind’s eye. All was strange, new and wonderful but at the same time I felt a sort of homecoming. One thing had become clear to me: there is a European Archaeology! For many it is not yet very recognisable and it is an aspect of our profession that is mostly ignored, but it is real and important.

Attending almost all of the conferences since Lisbon I have benefited greatly from the experiences I have been privileged to have at these meetings. They made me a better archaeologist. I have been given new ideas, different problems, perspectives and a broader sense or knowledge of a shared past. Over the years EAA contacts with member colleagues have helped to form my methods, techniques and thinking. It started my journey of discovery into what it is that makes us connect across (modern) borders. You will not understand Europeans or Humans if you stay trapped by the artificial lines of the Nation-State. And understanding what makes us humans is at the core of our endeavours.

Who am I? An archaeologist with an interest in Medieval and Modern Archaeology and a love of cities. More than that, I’m a historian, a diplomat and a storyteller with a deep interest in people gone but also very much in the here and now. A good understanding of institutional relationships and an eye for possible connections are among my talents. Within EAA I have been at the forefront of efforts to improve co-ordination, communication and understanding between archaeologists in all parts of Europe.

European Archaeology is still in its infancy. EAA is the vehicle which will help us to actively nurture and protect it. If elected to the Board I would be very much involved in advancing and moulding this idea, for the good and enjoyment of our shared heritage as Europeans – and also for the betterment of we Archaeologists. In my role as a ‘connector’ I would very much strive to strengthen and broaden the existing network that forms the bones of our European Archaeology, tactically and strategically looking for means to let our Association gain relevancy and strength. If elected, or even if I’m not, I look forward to the coming journey.

 

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