Wednesday, 9 August 2017


     I  have always found that completing a piece of work should be done in advance. In this way you can put it down for a few days and move onto something else. A practise I would recommend to all students, of any discipline. When you have put in considerable effort on any given piece of work you tend not to see the wood for the trees, and glaring errors can go unnoticed. 
     Students are not the only ones who fall foul, though completing an assessment over the weekend when it is due on the monday surely exacerbates the problem (especially if, as some of my colleagues do, they have to work through sunday night! And on extra strong coffee and/or RedBull (other brands of stimulant drinks are available)).

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." 
                           Marcel Proust


     Recently I read Alan Barnard's excellent edited book; 

and yet even in his introduction the mesolithic site of Star Carr is described as 7th century BC.....just a simple mistake, and probably in the edit and not the writing phase, but there all the same. Still it is a very worthwhile, and easy, read which makes a pleasant change from the very staid academic writing we tend to have become used to.

     So, you might ask, what has this to do with my previous post? Or perhaps the more diligent amongst you may have noticed that I failed, somewhat spectacularly, to follow my own advice. 

     When I started this blog I said that I really wanted to discuss things, as opposed to presenting them academically. In giving pointers towards texts or sources I hoped that readers would seek out their own texts based on their own thoughts, and not have a list of formatted references supporting each and every post. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to consider what has been written (and arguably more importantly by whom) in support of, or contrary to, any given discussion. Writing recently, "Fractured Relationship" I said I would include a bit of reading material at the end.

     Of course, having not put it down for a few days before checking and then publishing, I completely failed to do. This only emphasises the importance of "reading fresh" before finalising and submitting any document. 

     My apologies, but here is that little something extra, that might otherwise have evaded your attention. I hope you enjoy, and particularly that letter from Tregonning.....



     Check out the musings of the British Academy, particularly regarding education, and Tregoning argues that students must empower themselves before it becomes too late. DeRoche and DeRoche propose a more reflexive pedagogy, however in the real world, with real students even they recognise the problems. The review by Shennan is possibly, the most interesting, though it should be read in conjunction with the original work by Rainbird and Hamilakis (eds.). 
     It might also be worthwhile finding "Challenging the binary bind" by Cobb and Croucher, (Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 09/2016, Volume 23, Issue 3). Not exactly relevant, but the principles may apply depending on your point of view.

     Oh, and least I forget, the screenshots are for really didn't think I would provide full harvard references did you?