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  • High Crosses - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    and Other Websites Publishers and Bookshops Iron Links Lithics Links Local Authorities and Depts Website Publishing Conference Websites Maps Mapping and Photography Libraries Museums and Heritage Centres Archaeological Bibliographies and Databases DeptsandSchools Video Images Events Apps Smelt 2010 Coming soon

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  • Boyne Valley - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    Blogs and Other Websites Publishers and Bookshops Iron Links Lithics Links Local Authorities and Depts Website Publishing Conference Websites Maps Mapping and Photography Libraries Museums and Heritage Centres Archaeological Bibliographies and Databases DeptsandSchools Video Images Events Apps Smelt 2010 Create

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  • Blog Images - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
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  • Google Streetview - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
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  • Dalkey Island - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: Curating the Treasure - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    for anyone to access unpublished reports In theory this is possible already as the DoEHLG holds all reports from licensed excavations but this requires travel to Dublin at restricted times knowing exactly what you want in advance and dealing in paper copies Nonetheless this centralisation of reports negates some of the problems of scattered reports our neighbours across the water need to deal with There have been plenty of rumors in recent years that the DoEHLG has reports digitised and ready to go Whatever issues are holding things back they need to be sorted and the reports urgently put online preferably linked in to the exisiting geospatial database In reality the grey literature will probably trickle out through a variety of web outlets such as those referred to in the first post in this series but this will inevitably make availability difficult and patchy Making the material truly accessible or in other words digestable by people other than hardcore archaeologists is perhaps the most difficult expensive and time consuming difficulty when dealing with grey literature It does not mean dumbing down the reality is most grey literature is barely readable to research archaeologists and requires a lot of work before anyone in their right mind would call it interesting or valuable Important steps have already been taken in this respect primarily through INSTAR funded projects For a list of INSTAR project websites have a look here The project I am most familiar with is the Early Medieval Archaeology Project in UCD EMAP has succeeded with limited resources in assessing the scale of the grey literature problem in Irish early medieval archaeology and taken that process one step further by actually beginning to make it accessible through its recent settlement and dwellings report Future plans include online interactivity with the project

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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: A Hidden Treasure? - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    a recent Nature Article by Matt Ford Download a pdf here Many of the issues raised ring true in Ireland as well and probably most countries where archaeology has become an integral part of the planning and development process Since the early nineties in Ireland there has been a requirement to totally excavate archaeological sites prior to development This led to the creation exponential expansion and subsequent implosion of an Irish commercial sector This sector has created a huge amount of data in various form feature and context sheets in the worst cases and completed final excavation reports with specialist analysis in the best So is it a hidden treasure I think it definitely is if a little too well hidden My PhD research is based on a database of excavations with evidence of iron smelting or working and the vast majority of these have been excavated commercially in the last twenty years This type of synthesising PhD is becoming very common in Ireland and in combination with the INSTAR projects listed here promise to transform our understanding of the Irish past However the picture isn t entirely golden The quality of reports is often good but in many many cases final reports just don t exist they haven t been completed years after excavation has finished This kind of thing is exasperated by archaeologists moving on from companies and even from the profession Standards are not enforced and while I have a generally good impression from many of the reports I ve sifted through these are likely to be the best of the best because they have come from people or companies willing to share Its the reports I can t get my hands on that I worry about I think in the next few years the biggest worry

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  • Archaeology and Grey Literature: Finding the Treasure - Seandálaíocht - Irish for Archaeology
    contacting individual companies can be tedious and often a waste of time a personal connection introduction is often essential Directors excavators are usually far more helpful and generous with their material if you can contact them and the NRA archaeologists are generally happy to let you have anything you need The personal approach has worked for me but I run into brick walls when I don t know anyone who I can contact directly and I imagine such an informal system is fairly useless for non native archaeologists What is needed is an online repository with a legal requirement to deposit and allow access This has been done on a limited scale by a few laudable organisations e g here here here here and here and by the ADS in the UK but while these are useful a more coherent system is needed Internet publication has to be the solution it has the benefits of being cheap accessible and searchable and by putting peoples work out there you create a natural pressure to maintain standards Of course the issue of standards may be caught up in problems with ownership At the end of the day who owns and therefore is responsible for the reports that make up the grey literature the developer The excavating director The company The author The state This isn t an issue of money no one will be making any profit from these reports It is more about responsibility and accountability Commercial archaeology has complicated things and the idea of individual directors being responsible for bringing sites to completion i e final reports ignores the responsibilities and resources of developers and archaeology companies The issue of responsibility is one I haven t got my head fully around hopefully it will be addressed in the forthcoming archaeology

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