The Practice: Methods and Ethics
James, N., Wynne-Jones, Stephanie, Antiquity
M.J. DAVIS, K.L.A. GDANIEC, M. BRICE & L. WHITE with C.A.I. FRENCH & R. THORNE. Mitigation of construction impact on archaeological remains. xii+91 pages, 28 figures, 4 tables, CD-ROM. 2004. n.p.: English Heritage; 1-901992-41-1 paperback 6.95 [pounds sterling].
S. TERRY CHILDS (ed.). Our collective responsibility: the ethics and practice of archaeological collections stewardship. xi+178 pages, 16 figures, 1 table. 2004. Washington (DC): Society for American Archaeology; 0932839-28-2 paperback $30.95 [nonmembers].
THOMAS F. KING. Cultural resource laws and practice: an introductory guide (2nd ed.). xviii+408 pages, 9 figures. 2004. Walnut Creek (CA): Altamira; 0-7591-0473-5 hardback 55 [pounds sterling], 0-7591-0474-3 paperback 20.95 [pounds sterling].
Mitigation was commissioned to 'categorise types of below-ground archaeological' resources in England, to 'produce an easy-to-understand guide to engineering and construction techniques and mitigation', to 'review the status of existing knowledge' and to 'produce an easily updatable ... database of ... sites in England' with 'preservation in situ schemes involving engineering' (p. 1). With a detailed catalogue of 'processes', the report considers operations of engineering and sums up techniques for preservation (e.g. Rose Theatre, London). Added are notes on the planning system, a case study, and an amply annotated bibliography. The CD provides a well organised data base of sites and agencies.
For the USA, TERRY CHILDS introduces a dozen thorough papers on collections and archives, on the management and use of collections, on 'Native American issues', on 'incorporating public education into the curation process', and on training, plus 'a personal retrospective' (W. Marquardt). Here too is good practical guidance. Also for the USA, and equally down to earth, is a new edition of T. …