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Scottish Archaeology Month!


Yes its here, and ready to go…  archaeology Month in Scotland..  known as …   you guessed it.

Scottish Archaeology Month!

Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) is one of Archaeology Scotland’s best loved initiatives. Through SAM, they aim to make the archaeology of Scotland as accessible as possible to the public through a programme of free events that celebrate Scotland’s archaeological heritage.

There are events for all ages and abilities and even a separate SAM for schools! programme.

This year events include medieval entertainments, stalls and stories at the ‘Medieval Village’, Leven Prom and a chance for kids to join the Scottish Crannog Centre’s ‘Underwater Time Team’ and try out underwater archaeology in the mini tank, while the Principal Curator of Roman Archaeology at the National Museums will take a tour group around one of Scotland’s finest hillforts, Traprain Law. See our 2009 Events Guide for this year’s highlights.

New events will be added to our online SAM Events Calendar throughout the summer.

Scottish Archaeology Month is the sister event of Doors Open Days (DOD), which gives you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland each September.

Together, SAM and DOD are Scotland’s contribution to European Heritage Days, which take place throughout Europe each September. SAM and DOD are supported by Historic Scotland.

I myself am doing three secret events 🙂

But if you want …  come along to the first at the lost chapel of Old Pentland (near Ikea Edinburgh) from 11am on Saturday 12th
This is a great time to be in Scotland and enjoying all the archaeology history and heritage we have to offer!


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Disability and the Archaeological Profession

nclusive, Accessible, Archaeology (IAA) project

nclusive, Accessible, Archaeology (IAA) project

BAJR fully supports this initiative and asks all those that feel they can comment to please get in touch with Dr Phillips, who has asked me to make this consultation widely known.
If its dyslexia, asthma, RSI, Colour blindness.. get in touch..

now read on

Disability and the Archaeological Profession
– Call for Participants

Archaeology at the University of Reading have been commissioned by English Heritage to carry out a project looking at disability within the archaeological profession working in close consultation with the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) as a major stakeholder. The brief is to produce good practice guidelines for the employment of disabled archaeologists in the profession. These are to be based on the good practices already being followed by employers and employees. The guidelines will be published as an IfA Professional Paper.

The project team is looking for participants willing to tell their story, whether this be positive or negative. We are very eager to talk to anyone who has had experiences of disability within archaeology, either at a personal level, with the people they have worked alongside or supervised, interviewed or employed. We are interested in talking to people about all aspects, including the less obvious things such as dyslexia, diabetes, asthma, RSI and so forth. All the information will be used anonymously and presented in such a way that no individual or organisation can be identified. The participants will also be invited to comment on the draft of the guidelines.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact:

Dr Tim Phillips
0118 3788293

For more:


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Inclusive, Accessible Archaeology – a real present!

Disibality Debate logo from National Disability Arts Forum UK Following on from my post about  Discrimination

A leaflet dropped on my desk today.  Entitled Inclusive, Accessible Archaeology which aims to address the dual issues of disability and transferable skills in the teaching of archaeological fieldwork.

The emphasis of the development is a self-evaluation tool kit for physical and psychological abilities in fieldwork. The tool increases students’ awareness of their acquisition of transferable skills and promotes careers management skills.

The project involved archaeologists working closely with specialists in Inclusive Environments to characterise the skills needed in archaeological fieldwork.

In addition to engaging with teachers of undergraduate archaeology nationally, the project actively involved the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the Institute of Field Archaeologists (IFA), English Heritage and Oxford Archaeology.

The project has the potential to widen participation by challenging the stereotype of archaeology as a field discipline that may exclude disabled participants. It aims to effect a change of emphasis from ‘disability’ to ability: rather than excluding or categorising individuals, students will be engaged actively in assessing their own skills.

 BAJR has been involved quietly and privately on this too, so its good to see the big groups have come up with a real plan of action that bears scrutiny.

Not only are these grand words, but they are perfectly sensible words.  I have been contacted in the past by wheelchair users, dyslexics, and others who have disabilities ranging from ME to amputees.  The same advice I give to them all, is there is and should be a place for everyone, and don’t just accept a pot washing job, as its too easy to allow that to become the stock reply to a disabled persons quesry about working in archaeology.  It is quite possible for work to adapt where possible.  A dyslexic I talked to only needed the context record sheets printed on green paper – and then a supervisor to check her work, for example – this seemed to do the trick, a person with ME needed flexible time management.   I am very heartened to see this document, I will be even more happy to see it in action.  

Lets keep an eye on this.   Remember that disability is not just people in wheelchairs, it ranges so wide, that I would suspect most of us at one time or another could be classified as disabled in some way.  Inclusivity does not have to mean lowering expectations, it means heigthening our awareness of others…  and becoming a truly accessible profession.

Read about it all here, download the documents, use them and report back. 


Another interesting and relevant website is here

National Disability Arts Forum UK


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