As a team we have, over the years, tried to articulate our stance with how we approach archaeology in the field and beyond, and how to consolidate, make safe and help flourish the voices of those from marginalised communities. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, and recent news, it has become important more than ever to reiterate our stance.
We all have a collective responsibility to respond to and prevent individuals from being impacted by issues related to discrimination, gender-based violence, assault and harassment. We also know that, for many sites, companies, universities and workplaces, that these responsibilities can be very often cast aside or minimized. For lack of better wording, everyone knows of the uncomfortable individual(s) onsite, and the inaction of the company and/or institution. As commercial archaeologists and individuals through academia, we have seen fellow colleagues who have left archaeology due to this lack of support and security. Doubtingly there is a failure in the system and one in which those who voice their concerns are further marginalized by that system of management.
We are endeavouring to ensure better structures and policies within our workplace to ensure that not only do people feel safe and secure, but also that they are able to find their voice and succeed in the archaeological field. This includes large scale policies and codes of conducts such as zero tolerance structures and accountability procedures with our staff and clients, and the small, but significant act of talking to each other, listening, and speaking out.
We stand in solidarity with Dani Bradford and commend her bravery for her speaking out about the institutional suppression of survivor's voices in the archaeological field.