Rebecca Nicholson (Oxford Archaeology)
Environmental Archaeology, in its broadest sense, is a significant and costly component of most archaeological projects. This paper will look at how well, or not, it is integrated into the post excavation process and publication and how to obtain best value for money. The benefits of involving environmental archaeologists in the fieldwork and an iterative approach to assessment and analysis should be self-evident, but in practice specialists are often side-lined from the main archaeological process. Unfortunately “collections of muddy objects in plastic bags” (C. Orton, 2000) are all too commonly the starting point for scientific endeavour.