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Twenty first century e-Science met the ancient Roman world in a Hampshire field this summer. For the first time, archaeologists excavating at the Silchester Roman site used e-Science techniques to record their finds. The techniques will be demonstrated at the e-Science All Hands meeting in Nottingham on 20–22 September.
The archaeologists are participating in a project to build a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) that will enable geographically-dispersed researchers with an interest in the work to collaborate through on-line links. The project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Silchester is one of the most important Roman sites in Britain. The town layout remains just as it was when the Romans abandoned it in the fifth century AD because nobody has built on it since. The excavations are of wide interest to Romanists throughout the UK and beyond.
This is another difficult book to read. Like The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, it invites the reader to put it down and think about it. Unfortunately this reader was having his house rebuilt at the time, which meant it kept disappearing once it was put down. The book, like the title suggests, considers archaeology as a practice of popular culture and examines how our view of archaeology might change as a result.
It’s not a book that you can read quickly and review. The argument isn’t densely written, it accessible and that makes it more provocative. In addition theses are added in snazzy boxes which reduce arguments to soundbite form which can make them even more challenging. As an example is Thesis 3:
Archaeology is about searching and finding treasure underground.
This should be easy enough to demolish.