I’ve attended a conference held by RAA (The Swedish National Heritage Board) on the topic Quality in exploratory/ assignment archaeology.
This was two interesting days with good seminars and discussions and of course a lot of old and new friends.
Most speakers spoke on what quality is and on how to reach good quality, about problems and obstacles but also on possible solutions. As it’s very possible that the Swedish assignment archaeology will be subdued to the Public Procurement Act (Lagen om Offentlig Upphandling) in a near future. Today there are some exceptions to that act but the procedure is to be done in the spirit of the Public Procurement Act, now there are disadvantages and advantages with this that I’ll not word on today. A lot of thoughts we’re brought fourth on what was best for the future; a reversal to the old ways (a public system), to go forward with the Public Procurement Act or to find a new way of conducting assignment archaeology.
Though interesting the discussion ended up a bit of topic and was perhaps more on the future of assignment archaeology than on quality in assignment archaeology.
I’ll try to put a few words on print on the discussions the coming days as soon as I’ve time to decipher my notes.
Now it’s time for a couple of hours sleep and then it’s off north to Östersund.