The schedule for the Ethics Bowl at the forthcoming SAA annual meeting has been published, with details of all the teams that are competing and who is facing who in the first round. Download flyer.



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Landward Research Ltd are delighted to announce that Kenneth Aitchison has become an ONS Accredited Researcher, having successfully passed the Safe Researcher Training assessment.

This means that Landward Research Ltd will be able to deliver projects that require access to data that cannot be published openly, for statistical research purposes, as permitted by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA).


ONS Safe Researcher

Hello. You are invited to participate in the Discovering the Archaeologists of Africa project.

This project aims to bring a general perspective on who works in African archaeology and the ways that archaeology is done in African countries.

In this first stage of the project, we are asking people to complete a short survey that asks questions about employment in archaeology and academic provision. It will take approximately five to ten minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can withdraw from the survey at any point.

It is very important for us to learn your opinions.  Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. Your information will be coded and will remain confidential. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact Kenneth Aitchison at 0044 7803895033 or by email at

We would appreciate as many people as possible contributing as possible – so please send this link – – to any colleagues who you think could help. Thank you very much for your time and support.


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On the Outside Looking In – what will Brexit mean for European archaeology?, an article by Kenneth Aitchison has been published in The Historic Environment Policy and Practice volume 8 number 3.

While the U.K.’s departure from the European Union will make a big difference to archaeology in the U.K., its effect on archaeological practice in mainland Europe will be minimal. Archaeological traditions of practice and funding will not be affected. The changes in the U.K., particularly regarding the potential loss of freedom of movement between states, will seriously reduce employers’ access to, and opportunities for, a skilled workforce of European archaeologists seeking to work in the U.K.

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The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Landward Research Ltd has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Landward Research Ltd, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced by the Goverment in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

Kenneth Aitchison, Executive Director, Landward Research Ltd said: “by becoming a Living Wage employer we are making a visible demonstration of our credentials as an employer and ethical business to work with. Our commitment is to pay all of our staff, wherever they are in the world, at least the London Living Wage”.

Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross-party political support.

Landward Research Ltd Press Release

Living Wage Employer

There will not be the predicted 25-64% increase in commercial archaeology jobs because of large infrastructure projects and a weakening private construction sector could result in job losses or slow job growth over the next few years. These are the results of new research conducted by Landward Research Ltd. Now available for free in this White Paper: Have We Reached Peak Archaeologists?

In 2016 a report, the National Infrastructure Development and Capacity 2015-33: An Assessment (NIDC) was published which predicted that UK commercial archaeology would need to increase its workforce by 25 and 64% to meet the demand of up coming infrastructure projects.Upon reviewing the data we found an error which led to an over estimation of future spending on infrastructure – there will not be a significant increase in job demand.

Further work to meet the valuable goals of the NIDC, forward planning of job demand, found that roughly two-thirds of construction funding follows unpredictable boom and bust patterns, which makes future demand modelling impossible. Moreover, it appears that we are currently in a boom and possibly the beginning of a bust, at least slowed down construction growth.

Figure 10 from the white paper which shows the ratio of median house price to median annual earnings, England and Wales, 1997 to 2016. Housing is now less affordable in England than it was before the Great Recession – a bad sign that a bubble is growing or about to pop.

Landward Research Ltd is a social enterprise that focuses on capacity building in the heritage sector from conducting research into training needs to the production of e-learning courses. If you are interested in knowing more about the future demands for your skills and workforce please contact us to find out how our skills can help you prepare for the future.

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