Discovering England's Burial Spaces: Supporting community heritage

Toby Pillatt, Katie Green, Deborah Maxwell, Harold Mytum, Julian D Richards

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Discovering England’s Burial Spaces (DEBS) was a two-year project to develop new tools and resources in support of community-led recording of the above-ground archaeology and tangible heritage of burial spaces. This article focuses on the role community groups had in the process of designing and building parts of the new surveying workflow, paying particular attention to the design of the recording system, the role of the digital tools in supporting surveys, and the barriers that might prevent community groups from archiving their research. While the focus is very much on these issues as they played out within the DEBS project itself, the challenges encountered and lessons learnt have implications for Citizen Science projects more broadly, and for researchers and heritage professionals developing new methodologies and tools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-102
JournalJournal of Community Archaeology and Heritage
Issue number2
Early online date10 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • gravestones
  • graveyard
  • DEBS
  • cemetery survey
  • digital heritage
  • community groups
  • data standardization
  • archiving

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