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  1. December 20, 2007 2:50 am

    Thank you for listing our hands-on building conservation workshops on your blog. We have had quite a few referrals from the links you provided.

    We hope you will join us at a project site some time!

    Jamie Donahoe
    Heritage Conservation Network

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    December 20, 2007 12:33 pm

    Dear Jamie

    We would love to join you on a site, perhaps in 2009. We are doing a survey at the Roman town of Jerash in Jordan September 2008 so would be unable to participate (the Eastern European projects sound particularly appealing).

    Judging on how many people click on your projects on the blog it seems to me that there is a great interest in the type of work you are doing but very few opportunities other than yours for volunteers to participate.

    I would think it takes quite a lot of organisational skills to set up a project in the first place. How do you judge whether a project is workable and what steps do you need to take to ensure that there will be a positive outcome?

    We are in the process of starting a community project here in Scotland in Roslin Glen next to the world famous Roslin Chapel. The Glen which has much natural beauty was also the site of an extensive gunpowder factory which when gifted to Midlothian Council was then mostly demolished in the 1970s. However, there are still remnants of the buildings including an old stone water mill which started life as a corn mill and was eventually used to grind the gun powder. The mill lade system is still in evidence but now needs some care and attention. We intend to divide the project into small achievable chunks so that it does not become an overwhelming task.

    We hope to involve all sorts of volunteers in the coming few years and see the Glen as an opportunity to bring people to the area. We also want it to provide training for people in lime mortar and building recording. At the moment people come in their droves to see Roslin Chapel but then get back in their cars or buses and drive off again. It would be nice if people would take the time to discover and enjoy more of the area which is struggling to shake off the effects of industrial decline.

    Keep in touch. It would be great if from time to time you would give us some news from your projects when they swing into action and I will do my best to continue promoting them.

    Maggie

  3. December 21, 2007 2:07 pm

    Dear Maggie,

    The project in Roslin Glen sounds like it has great potential to be the basis for an HCN workshop! We choose the project sites based on a number of factors, one of which is the level of community involvement. We also consider the need for low cost technical assistance and volunteer labor to make the project viable and, of course, the significance of the site. We have people from all over the world requesting workshops; fortunately, as word of our work continues to spread, we able to respond to more and more of these requests. More volunteers are always needed, though!

    Our preservation partners have as much to do with the success of the workshops as our own commitment; that’s the key to making projects work so well. Many times the workshop is merely the catalyst for conservation, as we like to say. Once people see what is happening and what is needed, the community steps in and completes the project, making our and our volunteers’ efforts that much more effective.

    I would be happy to send you more information about our workshops as they happen. We also have a regular newsletter, Update, that is available online and sent to our mailing list; it often highlights workshops or our preservation partners and volunteers.

    Best wishes for the New Year,
    Jamie

  4. November 22, 2008 5:31 am

    Excellent content and style…keep up the good work!

  5. January 9, 2009 4:57 pm

    What a fantastic web site. Great to see that Croatia is getting some attention as far as archaeological sites are concerned.

  6. January 14, 2009 7:35 pm

    I live in croatia, and am fairly up to date as far as new archaeological finds are concerned, at the very least via the mainstream media. Anyway…archaeologists from Zadar have just discovered a stone sarcophagus, and 2 sarcohpagus lids, as well as numerous fragments of the same, showing that there may be more potential finds in the area.
    The locality is in(at the bottom of) Pocukmarak bay, on the island of Silba, near Zadar.
    This is the 1st evidence of a Roman presence on the island!
    The site is less than 3 meters under water.
    Archaeological research is planned.

  7. January 22, 2009 3:10 pm

    Beautiful mosaic and a roman sarcophagus, (still sealed) have been discovered in Rijeka, Croatia.

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