Post-excavation & publication
Every excavation destroys the archaeological record that it excavates – the archaeological record is a finite resource. For this reason we have to meticulously record all our steps, all finds, all soils and both draw and photograph the evidence to create a lasting record of what has been removed. We also interpret the evidence that we find, to understand it and to bring it into a historical context.
This record can then be preserved for future generations and we therefore deposit our record in local and national archives. For important sites and materials, our findings will need to be disseminated more widely to make the specialists and the interested public aware of the new discoveries. The artefacts and the historic environment evidence that we found also have a story to tell, and require study by specialists to understand their use, their deposition and their significance in a wider context.
The post-excavation and publication phase of a project covers all this work to assess and analyse the artefacts and we closely work together with the country’s leading specialists. A project design for the post-excavation analysis and for a publication proposal will be developed and agreed as part of the planning requirements for important sites.