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

Monday 21 January 2019, 1.00PM

Speaker(s): Gill Hey

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?

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