When you’ve finished an archaeological excavation, you always produce an archive report describing the results. Most excavation units these days actually publish their reports in small print runs. If you’re lucky enough to find something really interesting, you should also try to publish it in a journal, anthology or monograph. This is good for you, because it enhances your academic qualifications, and it’s good for research, because it makes new data available to colleagues and opens up a discussion of the new finds.
In the summer of 2005, me and my friend Howard Williams directed the excavation of a 9th century boat grave in ÃstergÃ¶tland. The post-excavation work has been a recurring theme in my blogging ever since (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here). I finished the archive report and put it on-line in February 2007.
Now myself and Howard have published a long meaty paper on the boat grave in Medieval Archaeology 52. The title is “A Viking Boat Grave With Amber Gaming Pieces Excavated at Skamby, ÃstergÃ¶tland, Sweden”. Download it and have a look! (Medieval Archaeology is ERIH grade A, I’m proud to report, and published by Maney.)
Now all that remains for me to do before I can lay the 2005 dig behind me is to hand in the finds, including 18.1 kg of burnt daub. The reason that I haven’t done so long ago is that the State Board of National Antiquities still hasn’t decided which museum should receive the stuff for safekeeping.
And BTW — I’d like to thank the American voters for finally electing someone with brains and decency. The past eight years in US politics have been ugly and scary. It’s very hard for us in the world at large to ignore your internal affairs.