Telling the whole story: publishing sites in a developer-funded context


Wednesday 28 February 2018, 4.15PM

Speaker: Gill Hey, Oxford Archaeology

As archaeologists working in the development sector, we spend a lot of time disassembling sites in order to record them in a coherent way before they are destroyed. We split them into types of deposit which we describe, draw and photograph, and we separate the finds into categories of material: artefacts and ecofacts. We then spend a lot of time analysing these and trying to put them back together to tell a story of what was there and what it would have been like to live in these places in the past.

These last steps sound simple, especially in comparison with the more obvious difficulties of on-site work, but it is at this hurdle that we so often fall. Why is this so? Oxford Archaeology has a long tradition of publishing its work, but personal experience of delivering three volumes on the discoveries at Yarnton has shown me just how painful this process can be. How could we make it easier for ourselves?

This talk will be streamed live through the department's facebook page and will be available afterwards to watch again.

Location: The Philip Rahtz Lecture Theatre (K/133), King's Manor

Admission: This is part of the York Seminar series and is free to attend and open to all.