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128 BARNSBURY ROAD, LONDON, N.l. TEL. 01-278 2632 No. 23 NOVEMBER 1970 Vol. II No. 12

CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY IS EDITED BY ANDREW & WENDY SELKIRK AND PUBLISHED SIX TIMES A YEAR FOR A SUBSCRIPTION OF £1 (U.S. S3) A YEAR

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RESCUE!

1970 has been European Conservation Year, and it has been hugely successful. Politically the timing has been fortunate, for there has been a rising tide of public concern over the problems of pollution and conservation. We all want greater affluence—a second car, colour television, longer holidays—but it is becoming apparent that this must be offset against the loss of natural amenities that increasing industrialisation will bring in its train. But among the swelling chorus of the conservationists the voice of archaeology has been noticeably silent.

Yet underneath, the ice is beginning to crack. At a meeting held at Barford last February a few archaeologists met to discuss the problem of conservation. A committee was formed and in an article in this issue Peter Fowler describes their progress so far. Various suggestions have been made, foremost among which is a proposal to set up a British Archaeological Trust to press the cause of the conservation of archaeological remains. A public meeting is being held in London to discuss this on January 23rd, 1971: it is hoped that as many readers of Current Archaeology as possible wil l attend.

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