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  • Summer 2005Number 57

    This issue:


    Bullring andbeyondp35

    Usingmonuments intodays urbanenvironmentp37

    English Heritagesurban surveyprogrammep43

    Institute of Field ArchaeologistsSHES, University of Reading, Whiteknights,

    PO Box 227, Reading RG6 6ABtel 0118 378 6446fax 0118 378 6448

    email admin@archaeologists.netwebsite


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    From the Finds Tray

    CV Surgery Lynne Bevan

    Finds Group and BAG joint conference: the potential of buildings archaeology and building

    materials Phil Mills and Catherine Cavanagh

    Conference session: The urban cycle of understanding: a new policy from ALGAO Brian


    Conference session: Buildings: where next? Catherine Cavanagh

    Conference session: Getting upstream: influencing the decision makers Taryn Nixon and

    Ian George

    Conference session: Training in archaeology: workplace learning bursaries workshop

    Kate Geary

    Conference session: A regeneration issue: Bedford Castle Mound and gardens Jeremy Oetgen

    Conference session: What a difference a year makes: recent developments in historic

    environment records Martin Newman

    Conference session: Public archaeology Don Henson

    Confined in the depths of Edinburgh Ronan Toolis

    IFA Annual Report 2005

    Bullring and beyond: Archaeology in Birmingham city centre Mike Hodder

    Using Roman monuments in todays urban environment: a case study from Lincoln Jason


    Current excavations in Huntingdon Rachel Clarke, Richard Mortimer and Aileen OConnor

    Nantwich: exceptional preservation and a mitigation issue Tim Malim

    Working in Towns: English Heritages urban survey programme Roger Thomas

    Pollen analysis in an urban archaeological context Katie Head

    Archaeology and politics Christopher Catling

    New books reviewed Alison Taylor

    New members

    Members news

























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    Work in historic towns, the theme of this TA, is thebedrock of many archaeological careers and was thekey issue that sparked the rescue boom of the 1970s.Winchester, one of our most interesting historictowns and the birthplace of much innovative work(including, as we learned in March, of the Harrismatrix) was an ideal place to reflect on how muchhas been achieved as well as how much needs to bedone, during our Annual Conference. In addition tothe headline events, several conference sessionsaddressed these points, and are reported here. Theseinclude the changing nature of historic environmentrecords, the importance of influencing policymakers (and the approaches this needs), and a newurban policy that has been developed by ALGAO.

    Within the urban theme, this issue of TA has beenable to pick up on a few examples of work currentlyin progress in centres as disparate as Edinburgh andNantwich. Significantly, such work is providinguseful practical lessons that will affect practice inother centres, and will contribute to thepreservation in situ debate. Also within the urbancontext, we have an update on English Heritagesurban survey programme, an answer to the needsfor strategies before we approach problems andanalysis once data are gathered, and a scientificcontribution on the value of pollen analysis intowns.

    The Annual Report, an essential part of ourpublication programme, gives formal details of thehard work various committees have been involvedin this year. This includes the exceptional work ofour Groups (Maritime and BAG have excelled thisyear in their involvement in special issues of TA aswell as organisation of their own conferences) aswell as the core contributions of committees such asValidation and RAOs.

    Within the IFA office, Beth Asbury was promotedto replace Nick Davis, and Sonya Nevin wasappointed to replace her. Tim Howard joined us asrecruitment officer in July, and I will reduce myhours from September to concentrate onpublication.

    Finally, congratulations to IFA Chair DavidJennings. He has just become father of twinsOphelia Neave and Vianne Grace, who join brotherOscar. The family all seem to be doing well, butDavid was understandably not able to write hisvaledictory View from the Chair at the same time apologies for this.







    Contributions and letter/emails are always welcome.

    Short articles (max 1000 words) are preferred. They

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    will edit and shorten if necessary. Illustrations are very

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    Notes for contributors for each issue are available from

    the editor. Views expressed in The Archaeologist are

    those of contributors, not necessarily of IFA.

    EDITED by Alison Taylor, IFA,

    SHES, University of Reading,

    Whitenights, PO Box 227



    Sue Cawood

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    Notes to contributors

    Themes and deadlines

    Autumn: Working with finds

    deadline: 15 September 2005

    Winter: Environmental archaeology

    deadline: 15 December 2005

    David Jennings,

    retiring Chair of

    IFA and new

    father of twins


    Farming the Historic LandscapeEnglish Heritage has completed publication of a series of leafletsFarming the Historic Landscape, which provide guidance on bestpractice in managing the heritage of Englands farmland.Separate leaflets have been published which deal with historicfarm buildings, parkland, archaeological sites in arable andgrassland areas and the implications of EnvironmentalStewardship. A booklet provides a general introduction to thehistoric environment aimed at professional farm advisers. Freecopies are available from EH Customer Services on 0870 3331181 or by emailing, or canbe downloaded from the Historic Environment Local Management

    Scotlands Policy on Carved Stones This strategy document sets out policies and guidance for care and protection of carved stones (a generic term thatinclude prehistoric rock carvings, Roman, early medieval, later medieval and post-reformation sculpture; architecturalsculpture and fragments, and gravestones) in Scotland. It concentrates on carved stones still physically associated insome way with their place of manufacture or one of their stages of use. It includes guidance on legal protection, raisingawareness, conservation strategies and practice, including intervention, research and information, and best practice.Carved Stones: Scottish Executive Policy and Guidance is available on

    Archaeology and Education conference1-4 September 2005York, St John University CollegeThe fourth biennial conference organised by the CBA for all thoseare interested in archaeology and education will cover all sectors ofeducation, from work with schools to higher and adult continuingeducation. Sessions will include presentations of current goodpractice, discussion of issues and themes, practical activities andvisits to sites. Enquiries should be made to Don Henson, tel. 01904671417, fax 01904 671384,

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    English Heritage staff strikeAmazingly, Prospect members in English Heritagemarked the Summer solstice with synchronisedwalk-outs across the UK, in protest at an imposedbelow-inflation pay award (just 1.5%). There waspicketing at Savile Row and at regional offices in

    Swindon, Guildford, Cambridge, York, Newcastle,Manchester and Bristol, and tourist attractions,from Stonehenge to Hadrians Wall, were affected.Nearly 500 members had voted to take industrialaction, reflecting the frustration over pay and themanagement attitude towards staff concerns.Prospect negotiator Dave Allen said: These cutsstrike at the very heart of the organisations abilityto extend its educational remit into schools andcolleges, while its architectural resources, whichare so well-used in the preservation of thecountrys physical heritage, will be diminished.Instead of preserving the nations culturalheritage DCMS have left English Heritagestruggling to appease its undervalued staff. Butthe decision to impose another poor settlementand bypass any consultation process with theunions has forced staff to make a stand.

    When you start in field archaeology you shouldamass as much practical site experience as possible.If you havent had paid work make the most ofyour experience as an undergraduate or volunteer,especially if this involved supervisory duties,surveying, data entry, finds or environmental work.As you progress ensure your CV reflects yourincreased supervisory and project managementexperience. Job descriptions are increasingly specificregarding the level of responsibility expected forstaff grades and you will have to demonstrate thatyou are ready for increased responsibility. Your CVmust reflect this. If making the transition to aheritage-related post working with the public, drawon aspects of work experience, inclu