Archaeology and the question of open access

Richard the Castellan

This time last year I was in the middle of a ‘survey of relevant literature’ for my PhD. What that really meant was browsing every journal I could lay my hands on to track down articles which discussed castle slighting. It was a task which spanned month. There’s a lot to be said for browsing paper journals, and if seriously reading something I find it much easier to read the printed word than a screen. But when you are searching article titles to see which merit further investigation, digital is so much easier.

It is all about open access.

In short, open access means making content available to as many people as possible. The Archaeology Data Service leads the way in this area, making journals, monographs, and even excavations reports accessible. It can be used by the general public, archaeology professionals, or academics and researchers. A few months ago, English…

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