Thursday, 17 May 2012

Ebook - South Yorkshire’s archaeological past unveiled in new e-book

FROM Roman remains to industrial heritage...

Many artefacts providing clues about South Yorkshire’s past have been unearthed.

Now Sheffield-based archaeologist Kenneth Aitchison is telling the story of how they were discovered as part of a hi-tech new publication - available exclusively as an e-book.

The 42-year-old’s volume, Breaking New Ground: how archaeology works - explores how archaeology grew as a profession after new planning rules were introduced in 1990.

Dr Aitchison, of Walkley, said: “This led to archaeological work taking place before the construction of major developments such as the completion of the Sheffield inner ring road where many significant industrial sites were excavated.

“It also led to the discovery of a Roman cremation cemetery beneath the former Doncaster College at Waterdale.”

Dr Aitchison describes his book as a ‘valuable guide’ to anyone interested in how archaeology has developed from being a hobby for enthusiastic amateurs into a profession employing more than 6,000 people around the UK.

The book also tells how archaeologists have been badly affected by the economic downturn of recent years, with ARCUS, once Sheffield’s largest archaeological company, closing in 2009.

The book has been published for Kindle at £2.87, meaning that ‘the price won’t put people off’, said Dr Aitchison, managing director of Landward Research Ltd, a social enterprise which undertakes research and develops training for historic environment professionals.

Anna Badcock, of ArcHeritage, an archaeological practice based on Campo Lane, praised the book saying: “It’s good to see a book that thoroughly looks at how professional archaeology is organised.”


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