We attended the Association for Environmental Archaeology conference in Plymouth (7th to 9th November). The theme of the conference was ‘The Big Picture: Archaeology, Society and Environment’ with a wide range of speakers. We had a table at the conference as a focal point for attendees to discuss the project, and distributed our flyers widely. It was good to make new contacts among AEA members, with plenty of interest in what the project was aiming to achieve.
The general discussion at the end of the conference was very relevant to the project. There was a call for more dialogue and improved mutual understanding between environmental archaeologists and curatorial archaeologists, in order to improve the quality of environmental archaeology undertaken within commercial archaeology. This is related to what we will be discussing with curatorial archaeologists in ALGAO, exploring to what extent the use of reference resources is a quality benchmark.
The discussion then ranged over issues relating to large online datasets. The discussion then touched on the problems early career researchers have with finding out about the entire range of online reference resources that are available. Rachel commented that the project would address that need, and asked the audience to engage with the project.
It was certainly an interesting conference, and a great opportunity to spread information about the project.