by Jonathan Ross – Archaeological Lab Intern
Archaeology is and always was a group activity. The Colchester Archaeological Research Team project is no exception. There are a number of people working on this project including volunteers, paid employees, and interns. Everyone’s work contributes to the whole of the project. Often that work is specialized in only one area. For example, we have someone that works on lithic artifacts almost exclusively, another on GIS, an architectural historian and so on. It is even structured so that there is one group of people who mostly do fieldwork and another that does the lab analysis. Even this blog has contributions from a variety of individuals on the project. But C.A.R.T is more than just another archaeological project, it is a good example of teamwork and bonding. The teamwork is even suggested by the project’s official name, The Colchester Archaeological Research Team. Whether it is the Lab Director or an Archaeological Lab Assistant, people are constantly helping each other. It is unsurprising considering the teamwork aspect of the project, that people here are friends, talk to one another during lunches, and celebrate each other’s birthdays. During my internship, there was even a going away event for one of the staff members, Chip Marshall. Chip has left to teach English in Japan. It is clear he will be missed. C.A.R.T has to be a group effort; no one could simply do it all themselves. Archaeology in general must be a group effort.
See Chip Marshall’s post on data management in archaeology.