This evening I went to a ‘conversation’ at the American Academy in Rome between Ian Hodder and Andrea Carandini (two titans of archaeology, you might say, but coming from rather different directions).
There were all kinds of interesting things that came up. Hodder was particularly sharp on the issues of digging in a foreign country (what version of colonialism is that? or of multiculturalism for that matter?) and on how you engage local people in any kind of archaeological project (how do you prevent a dig becoming a no go zone for the residents?). Carandini enthused about his discoveries in the Roman Forum (on which we have clashed in the past, and he was very generous).