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1 EAC Archaeological Archives Working Party Report on progress to date

2 Membership of the Working Party BelgiumNetherlands Czech Republic Republic of Ireland France Slovakia Germany Switzerland HungaryUnited Kingdom Iceland

3 5 th Working Party Meeting February 2009 in London

4 Working Party Aims  To link together in partnership EAC member countries with an interest in archaeological archives in order that common policies and practice of mutual benefit can be developed and applied.  To identify the courses of action necessary to further best practice in the field of archaeological archives and to effect the means to achieve this action.

5 Agreed Common Definition of an Archaeological Archive Archaeological archives are all moveable remains/heritage, data and documentation from any archaeological observation or intervention  An archaeological archive should be permanently preserved in a recognised facility;  Every archaeological activity should aim to produce a structured, complete, stable and accessible archive;  Standards for the preparation and management of the archaeological archive must be set out, understood and agreed at the beginning of any archaeological activity.

6 Discussion topics  Storage issues  Digital archives  Marine, coastal, wetland archives  Selection, retention and dispersal  Archives – best practice guidance

7 Digital Archives Some Issues:  Archive consideration at outset of the work  Security  Active management and repositories  Inclusion in European guidance of prime importance

8 Selection, Retention, Dispersal Controversial topic and the group had lively debates! Agreed that: o Selection criteria must be set against agreed research objectives o Framework for selection will be included in guidance setting out:

9 Selection, Retention, Dispersal  The case for and policy on selection procedures  The archaeological process  Roles and responsibilities  Decision making points  Consultation processes

10 Archaeological Archive Guidance  The project design is in preparation as a Culture bid and will be submitted this October  The guidance will contain:  A description of the archaeological process; its personnel, activities and tasks  The standards for archaeological archives  Selection and retention  Archive transfer  European variations

11 Liaison with Society of American Archaeologists.  Organised very successful session on archaeological archiving issues at the SAA Conference in Vancouver last year  4 of our working party members gave presentations.  This conference session is about to become an SAA publication.  The SAA have supplied a representative to the working party who is acting as a formal liaison between the two groups.  The SAA hope to produce their own guidance following the model we are developing and using lessons learnt from our experiences.


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