From The Ground Up

The Publication of Archaeological Projects

a user needs survey

 


Appendices

Appendix 4.1: Questionnaire results (section 1)

Definitions of terms used in the questionnaire

Fieldwork project: any fieldwork (or underwater) project, including watching briefs, evaluations, excavations, and surveys of all kinds (e.g. buildings, earthworks, field walking, geophysics and aerial photography), as well as related artefact and ecofact (environmental) analysis.

Fieldwork publication: any work that serves to record and disseminate information derived from a fieldwork project (as defined above), whether produced in printed or other media. This broad definition includes 'grey literature' as well as 'published works' (see below).

Published work: any publication which is issued for public sale/widespread distribution, and/or has an ISBN/ISSN.

Grey literature: any work which is not issued for public sale/widespread distribution and does not have an ISBN/ISSN, as is often the case, for instance, with reports derived from small-scale developer-funded projects.

Project archive: the primary records (including paper, digital (computerised) and microfiche records, plans, notes, recording sheets, and photographs) and the collected remains (including artefacts and ecofacts) resulting from a fieldwork project. (Although the records and collected remains may be deposited at different locations in some parts of the British Isles, they are here both defined as forming part of the overall project archive.)

'Use' of publications: anything ranging from brief consultation to in-depth study/extensive reading.



1. Personal details

PUNS main sample:

Sent Received Response
2668 878 32.9%

IFA/IAPA sample:

Sent Received Response
1485 499 33.6%

Void responses:

Total 143  
Total (PUNS sample) 83 (9.45% of PUNS sample response)
     
Breakdown:    
Duplicate 70 (20 in PUNS sample)
Unanswered 3  
Incomplete / incomprehensible 10  
Irrelevant (to respondent) 37  
Other 23  

Actual sample used (responses minus voids):

795 which is 30% of the original PUNS sample group (2668)

1.1 Responses by nation/region:

Nation / Region Received % of total received Sent % response
Central England 115 14% 344 33%
North England 141 18% 287 49%
Northern Ireland 25 3% 50 50%
Republic of Ireland 77 10% 198 39%
Scotland 78 10% 199 23%
South England 280 35% 527 53%
Wales 76 10% 176 43%

1.2 Responses by age:

18 or under 0 0%
19 - 24 62 8%
25-34 165 21%
35-44 217 27%
45-54 197 25%
55-64 79 10%
65 or over 69 9%
unanswered 5 1%

1.3 Responses by gender:

Female 287 36%
Male 458 58%
Unanswered 50 6%

1.4a Responses by constituency:

Archaeological constituency primary secondary tertiary
Archaeological consultant 75 / 9% 49 / 6% 34 / 4%
Archaeological scientist 29 / 4% 21 / 3% 8 / 1%
Archaeologists working for a national body (eg Cadw, RCHME) 69 / 9% 22 / 3% 3 / 0%
Conservator (of artefacts) 25 / 3% 6 / 1% 0%
Contractor / fieldworker 71 / 9% 51 / 6% 37 / 5%
Editor (of archaeological publications) 12 / 2% 49 / 6% 39 / 5%
Extra-mural / secondary school archaeology teacher 6 / 1% 20 / 3% 18 / 2%
Illustrator (of archaeological publications) 17 / 2% 10 / 1% 15 / 2%
Independent (amateur) archaeologist 89 / 11% 16 / 2% 14 / 2%
Local government archaeologist (eg county archaeologist) 45 / 6% 16 / 2% 2 / 0%
Member of cognate discipline (geology, history, geography, etc) 17 / 2% 15 / 2% 7 / 1%
Member of local / regional archaeology society 37 / 5% 114 / 14% 69 / 9%
Member of national archaeology society 4 / 1% 61 / 8% 101 / 13%
Metal detectorist 1 / 0% 1 / 0% 3 / 0%
Museum curator / archaeologist 72 / 9% 11 / 1% 5 / 1%
Postgraduate archaeology student 38 / 5% 15 / 2% 7 / 1%
Specialist (artefact / ecofact) 31 / 4% 60 / 8% 25 / 3%
Undergraduate / FE archaeology student 56 / 7% 4 / 1% 5 / 1%
University / college archaeology staff 67 / 8% 39 / 5% 22 / 3%
Other 33 / 4% 24 / 3% 19 / 2%

1.5 Responses by employment status:

Employed full-time in archaeology 373 47%
Employed part-time in archaeology 81 10%
Self-employed in archaeology 112 14%
Unemployed archaeologist 10 1%
Engaged in full-time study in archaeology 71 9%
Engaged in part-time study in archaeology 65 8%
Involved in archaeology on a voluntary basis 159 20%
Retired 51 6%
Other 72 9%
Unanswered 9 1%

1.6 Responses by membership of archaeological society / organisation:

Council for British Archaeology/Council for Scottish Archaeology (and regional/national variants) 285 36%
Council for Independent Archaeology 108 14%
Institute of Field Archaeologists 57 7%
Irish Association of Professional Archaeologists 155 19%

1.7 Responses by main archaeological interest:

General 91 11%

1.8 Responses by authorship or direct contribution to the following archaeological publication:

Fieldwork publication(s) 537 68%
Publications on specific subjects / regions / periods (syntheses) 429 54%
Publications on theory / method 198 25%
Publications on heritage / management 144 18%
Policy / legislation document(s) 120 15%
Museum collection catalogue(s) 118 15%
Popular archaeological publication(s) (inc. site/exhibition guides) 382 48%
Other 115 14%

 


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