Archaeological measured survey is a really important element of our profession - and if a picture is worth a thousand words, it is certainly worth taking time (and a thousand words) preparing the picture.
With this in mind, a new Forestry Commission Scotland publication Archaeological Measured Survey on Scotland’s national forest estate has just been launched. It aims to showcase the wide range of archaeological work commissioned on the national forest estate over the last few years – and to highlight the benefits of such surveys in supporting sustainable conservation management. The publication also supported a recent Institute for Archaeologists workshop that showcased the presentation of archaeological measured survey and collected a number of contemporary Scottish case studies for discussion. The workshop (hosted by RCAHMS) was split into two sessions. The first explored the differing purposes of archaeological measured survey, from research through conservation management and development control to interpretation and presentation. The second explored the practice of archaeological measured survey, focussing on the commercial context (and issues therein) alongside an exposition of presentational techniques by experienced Commission surveyors.
A briefing note will be collated using the papers and the wide-ranging results of the day’s discussions – alongside a short summary article for the IfA’s The Archaeologist magazine. The organisers hope to be able to move towards compiling an informed presentational toolbox for use by all archaeological surveyors and illustrators working and studying in Scotland.
In the meantime, you can download a low resolution copy of the FCS booklet here.