Producing the ‘Fieldwork’ database: documenting ‘collection events’
Juliette Quatre (KCL / University of Oxford) volunteered for the BSA on our remote working 2021-2022 ‘Collection Events’ project, helping to produce an interactive database of the BSA’s fieldwork activity. Here, she describes the process of remote-working.
Last year, a few of us took part in a project aiming at expanding the BSA’s database of field activity. With weekly meetings and regular exchanges, we wrote a number of archaeological project descriptions. The project was rewarding for us as volunteers since we had to consult Annual Reports dating back to the creation of the BSA. This was a great chance for leaning and acquiring a good overview of the projects, as well as their outcomes and the published material. Thus, from one Report to another, we could see progression of excavations, the choices made by the excavators and their motivations. But as we were learning we could also contribute to the database, and as volunteers studying in similar fields, we got to know one another and gained from their past experience in dealing with other databases and archaeological publications. Anastasia did an amazing job at managing out team and dividing the workflow between us so that no one was overwhelmed. She opted for a geographical distribution of the projects and formed teams of two people, this way, I could exchange with my partner on our common descriptions and with the others who were working on other areas of Greece.
My geographical knowledge of Greece and the BSA was definitely improved as well as my archaeological interests and I am grateful to Michael and Anastasia for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to meet such wonderful people.
BSA Collection Events project, 2021-2022
KCL / University of Oxford