The archaeological divide

Alan Saville, editor of the European Journal of Archaeology, writes in the Editorial of the new issue 8 (2):

Delegate attendance at the 2006 conference of the Institute of Field Archaeologists speaks volumes for the divide that exists within archaeology between academia on one side and those working within the state, local authority, and commercial sectors on the other. The latter dominated at the conference, with the number of academic archaeologists present from UK universities countable on the fingers of one hand. Although the conference took place at the University of Edinburgh, it was sponsored by the state heritage agency in Scotland and by an insurance company specializing in financial coverage for archaeologists, not by the university itself. Would this situation be replicated elsewhere in Europe?

Full conference programme here. Comments welcome.

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