It has been a while since I updated this website, sorry about that, I got carried away with my research. So what have I been up to? Interviews. Interviewing and transcribing interviews! Yes, it has taken months but I’ve learnt a lot and gathered lots of information rich data that now just needs mining, analysing and turning into a thesis.
The interviews have been the major part of my data collection. I realised that I could not determine the impact of community archaeology by myself or just through setting up some case studies. By interviewing a whole range of archaeologists across both Dorset and Cambridgeshire I have been able to gain a much better understanding of what people think community archaeology is, what it does, how it does it and what archaeologists think of this. I placed particular emphasis on local archaeology socities within the interviews, in order to understand this phenomeon better, but those interviewed including volunteers, members of local archaeology societies, and archaeologists who are employed in a range of jobs. It does not yet include the public- I’m working on that one.
The next step is to start to look for themes within the interviews. I’ll try and report back as I begin to make headway.