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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is delighted to host the 41st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference in December 2019. Founded in 1937, the Institute is one of the largest centres for world archaeology, archaeological sciences and heritage & museum studies in the UK, situated in the heart of the capital.

Venue: UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
Tuesday, December 17 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
TAG29 | Power over Practice in the Contracting Sector

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This session will examine how modern practice has been shaped by the environments within which archaeological work is undertaken. Papers are largely drawn from contributors at MOLA, a large archaeology and built heritage practice which has methodological development at its heart but has to function within the conservative construction sector. The professionalisation of archaeology has occurred in tandem with changes in planning guidance, construction sector legislation and on-site management. But have these been reflected in our fieldwork methodologies? Are we adapting to suit these new conditions, or are we merely working harder to fit with increased pressures? Do the new systems in use on infrastructure projects add to the value of our practice, or reduce it? Do we have examples of successful modifications of project designs to suit these new conditions or are we still trying to maintain existing methodologies? Can we improve or adapt our input into development projects to enhance the experience for the practitioners themselves? What can archaeology offer developments and do we have the power to embed it into projects? This is a wide-ranging theme that should be considered from both theoretical and practical viewpoints so papers are sought from across the contracting sector and are particularly encouraged from those who wouldn’t usually participate at TAG.

Organisers: Sadie Watson; MOLA

14:00 | Sadie Watson, MOLA | Introduction

14:15 | Alison Telfer, MOLA | View from the trench edge: reflections on working conditions in commercial archaeology, borrowing the main objective categories used in the National Planning Policy Framework – economic, social and environmental

14:35 | Daniel Phillips, DRP Archaeology | The Rise and Rise of Viability in Planning: An Archaeological Perspective

14:55 | Catherine Gibbs, MOLA | An archaeologist’s view of consortiums

15:15 | Claudia Tommasino, MOLA | Training adults: is it a processual and post-processual endeavour?

15:35 | - | BREAK

16:05 | Jessica Bryan, MOLA | Type III fun: archaeology and infrastructure

16:25 | Heather Knight, MOLA | ‘A Deep Sense of Voicefulness’

16:45 | Sadie Watson, MOLA | Discussion

17:30 | - | END


Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 790 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

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