Project Overview


The ethic behind this project is that community archaeology is archaeological research carried out by, and for, local communities, either with or without the support of professionals. We strongly believe that archaeology can involve everyone irrespective of experience, skills, knowledge, education or social background. We also believe that well designed community projects can reach far beyond local interest and can address important academic questions. The aim is to empower and equip community groups with the skills and facilities to make significant contributions to the archaeological record. Find out more on the Meerstone blog.

The Project Mission

The manual is a way to share accumulated knowledge gathered over 25 years, by our principal archaeologist as both an amateur and professional archaeologist. It is the result of listening, observing and adapting methodologies to the needs of non professionals. It tries to answer the very basic questions frequently asked by people with no previous experience, but at the same time provides sufficient knowledge to allow them to access more technical literature should they require it. This manual is therefore seen as a stepping stone on the road to self enlightenment, encouraging and enabling intellectual access to the same resources as professional archaeologists.

Open Content Format

This manual has been developed along the same lines as open content projects like Wikipedia, allowing for new content to be added as stand alone modules sitting within the core of the manual. Unlike other open content projects changes will be controlled by an editor. It is planned to add more modules as and when they are needed and like other open content projects there is the opportunity for users to suggest changes and to make contributions. It is intended to be a dynamic and constantly evolving tool for community archaeology.

Physical Format

The manual is supplied as an eBook either as a download or on a CD-ROM. The manual is designed with A4 sized full colour pages to be read on a PC, laptop or 7inch tablet or larger. It will be unsuitable for the small screens and greyscale displays some eReaders.


An electronic book and a conventional book are different (see our Copyright and DRM statement). This manual is supplied as a download or on a CD-ROM for £40. When you buy a copy of the manual you are actually buying a license to use it in a defined and agreed manner. This license works in a similar way to software licenses. You buy a copy and will receive free upgrades for 12 months. You can then renew your subscription on a year by year basis for a modest £10 to ensure that you always have access to the most up to date version. Buy now.