The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology

Contributing to the Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Ireland

While the full annual review is included in the database, the majority of contributions also appear in the printed Journal. These summaries would not be possible without the commitment and hard work by contributors. If your company or department is not already submitting reports, please consider doing so; reports should be sent to the compilers by the 1 March. Later submissions will still be included in the digital database, as can older, not previously reported, summaries.

1. The summaries should be limited to post-medieval material although you may need to give sites a context in an earlier period, e.g. medieval monastery.

2. They should be concerned with actual fieldwork (including survey) and not include large elements of historical research, desk-based assessments or unproductive watching briefs.

3. All features should be dated and assigned functions. This is to avoid the meaningless ‘post-medieval material/pit/surface/wall’ etc. Finds of post-medieval pottery on their own without reference to type or source of manufacture are equally unhelpful.

4. We would like the summaries to be about 100 words and no more than 300 words. Phasing 1, 2, 3, is often a shorter way of writing than continuous prose and clearer. Summarise landscape survey projects in a short paragraph. Name the area and provide a central grid reference. List the site types found, or give a brief freehand description of the archaeology. Another way to shorten your piece is to include a reference to a more detailed report or a website address. If you are bursting to get a piece of research of national importance off your chest, consider writing a short note for the journal.

5. Please follow the format conventions used in the latest volume, and bear in mind:

  • From 2007, the summaries require a similar set of geographical conventions as that used by the SMA. For England, sites will be referred under the post-1974 counties; for Scotland and Wales, the New Local Authority or Unitary Authority Areas will be used; for Ireland, the historic counties will remain. Maps illustrating this system can be found in Medieval Archaeology Vol.44 (2000), 236-38 and Medieval Archaeology Vol.45 (2001), 234.
  • National grid reference should be given in conventional form with two letters and six or eight digits (please tell compilers if you are withholding it).
  • The online database will include a link to OASIS, so please note: where relevant, the individual OASIS number for each site needs to be included in the submission.
  • Do supply illustrations (where relevant) with your contributions, in particular plans and elevations. For publication, tiff is the preferable format, but most importantly that the image is high resolution; for publication work, the minimum resolution is 300dpi. This resolution is suitable for photographic images. For line drawings a resolution of 1200dpi is a better starting point. Colour images are welcome; these will be published as half-tones in the Journal but presented in colour in the on-line version. Remember to acknowledge copyright in illustration captions.

Please send entries on disc together with your hard copy and any suitable illustrations to:

Stephanie Ostrich and Rupert Featherby
Museum of London Archaeology
Mortimer Wheeler House, Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED
or as attachments by e-mail to