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Digital Past 2020 – New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach 12th & 13th February 2020, Aberystwyth

Digital Past is an annual two day conference organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. It showcases innovative digital technologies and techniques for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of the heritage of Wales, the UK and beyond.

For more information on the event, speakers and registration visit: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/about-us/digital-past-conference/

New Consultation on Lithic Artefact Terminologies

The need to review the terminologies used for the recording and indexing of lithic artefacts has been highlighted in the recent HER enhancement projects for early prehistory. These found that ‘the current thesauri terms are not fit for purpose’ and have recommended that ‘a new list of lithic terminology should be developed and agreed by a panel of specialists and deployed ahead of further early prehistoric HER enhancement work’ (Catermole, A. 2018. A Review of Historic Environment Records Enhancement Projects for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic). Lithic terminologies were also one of the areas that were discussed in the FISH E-Conference a few years ago.

This consultation is being conducted through the lithic and prehistory specialist societies and is aimed at lithic specialists across the sector – freelance, in house unit, academic, museum etc.

The consultation is due to end on November 30th.

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Historic England: New advice and guidance documents issued (Dec 2018)

Historic England have issued a whole raft of new and updated advice and guidance documents on their website. Click here to go to the Latest Advice and Guidance page which now also includes an A to Z list of advice pdfs and a list of recently archived advice.

Examples of guidance documents include five reissued archaeological science guidance documents and some short instructional video clips. 

Publication: Historic England – Latest Advice and Guidance Catalogue (April 2017)

Historic England recently published (April 2018) a catalogue of their latest advice and guidance material covering a range of subjects areas. Examples include:

Caring for Heritage

  • Heritage crime
  • Post-war public art

Planning

  • Environmental assessment
  • Local listing
  • Historic area assessments

Technical – Archaeological Science

  • Land contamination
  • Organic residue
  • Preserving archaeological remains

Technical – Recording Heritage

  • Creating interpretive drawings
  • A guide to good recording practice

https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/advice-guidance-new-backlist/

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Archaeological Standards and Guidance – online discussion (10–11 May 2017)

Archaeological Standards and Guidance – What are they for and who sets them?

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) held an online discussion on this topic on 10-11 May 2017. Key questions covered:

  1. A new vision for 2017 and beyond? Is the Southport vision is still relevant? Can we construct a new vision for 2017 and beyond? What outcomes do we want to achieve and what should standards therefore contain?
  2. Roles and responsibilities – who sets standards? Many organisations are involved in producing standards and guidance; do we yet have a common understanding about roles and responsibilities or are we all competing with each other? Who should lead on what?
  3. New thinking on methodology and standards – how do we capitalise on the lessons of synthesis projects, and translate them into professional practice?
  4. How much should we be prescribing methods as opposed to seeking outcomes?
  5. Should improving standards make our work more cost-effective or will they add cost?

For more information about this discussion and links to current initiatives within data standards compilation, see: http://www.archaeologists.net/archaeological-standards-and-guidance-what-are-they-and-who-sets-them-online-discussion-10%E2%80%9311-may 

    

 

NEW: A Standard for Pottery Studies in Archaeology (2016)

Published in June 2016, this guidance document was compiled by the three period-specific pottery study groups (PCRG, SGRP, MPRG) with the aim of creating the first, comprehensive, inclusive standard for working with pottery. The Standard is intended for use in all types of archaeological project, including those run by community groups, professional contractors and research institutions.

This standard has been published by the Medieval Pottery Research Group on behalf of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group, the Study Group for Roman Pottery and the Medieval Pottery Research Group.

The text was written by Alistair Barclay and David Knight (PCRG); Paul Booth and Jane Evans (SGRP); Duncan H. Brown and Imogen Wood (MPRG).

Development and production of this standard was funded by grant-aid from Historic England.

 

NEW: The National Standard & Guidance to Best Practice for Collecting & Depositing Archaeological Archives in Wales (2017)

The National Standard and Guidance to Best Practice for Collecting and Depositing Archaeological Archives in Wales comprises a suite of documents which aim to make archaeological data, information and knowledge available, stable, consistent and accessible for present and future generations. The Standard for Archaeological Archiving in Wales consists of a set of high-level principles. It represents the standard for archaeological archiving that must be met by an archaeologist or organisation undertaking any form of archaeological work that results in an archive.

Guidance documents are available as a ‘zip’ file here.

This document has been prepared by the National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales and is drawn from A Standard and Guide to Best Practice for Archaeological Archiving in Europe.

The National Panel has tailored this document to meet the specific needs of Wales and to offer guidance that supports the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016. The National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales is an advisory body established by the Historic Environment Group with a remit to promote the care of and encourage access to the archaeological archives of Wales.

     

How to become a FISH member

New members are always welcome.

Membership is free. All you need to do to join FISH is to subscribe to the FISH mailing list on JISCMail. This enables you to join our discussion forums and e-conferences, and participate in the development of heritage standards and documentation tools either actively or as an observer.

The FISH list: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=FISH 

To join, please contact JISCMail and specify ‘FISH’ as the group you want to subscribe to. More information on how to join can be found here:

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UK Digital Strategy (1 March 2017)

The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport has launched the Government’s UK Digital Strategy. The Strategy commits to ‘undertake a major enhancement and rationalisation of heritage records nationally and locally’ as well as considering how the planning system can be made both more efficient and give the public greater involvement through better use of data and digital tools.

  • Click here to read the strategy
  • Click here to see the section on Heritage Records (see the section ‘Culture’)
  • Click here to see a useful summary by Heritage Alliance