(see also main textsection 4.9, section 6.8 and section 6.10)
The site archive will contain all the data gathered during fieldwork and must be quantified, ordered, indexed, and internally consistent. The site archive represents the original record of the project's results and must not be amended even when subsequent research suggests interpretations and conclusions different from those set down at the time of fieldwork. If at this, or any subsequent stage in a project, material is discarded from the site archive, this fact must be recorded (see alsoA4.3.2).
The first objective in assembling the site archive is to preserve the integrity of the primary field record. It must be maintained in optimum conditions to ensure the physical survival of the records, ecofacts, artefacts and other specialists. It will contain where relevant the following elements:
When compiling the site archive, the need for good images for security copying should be borne in mind. It is possible, for example, to fiche directly from drawings if the correct materials, letter and number size etc are used and staff are trained appropriately.
In addition to these elements, the site archive should also contain a brief objective statement summarising the nature and quantity of the various classes of data collected, which completes the task of observation and prepared for reviews without moving into the areas to be covered by the assessment and analysis phases. This summary should be compiled by those most closely involved with the fieldwork as soon after fieldwork has been completed as is possible. The following documentation should be produced:
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