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date: 19 May 2019

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Drawing on the contributions to the Handbook as a whole, this final chapter begins by summarizing the current infrastructural issues surrounding the study of later medieval archaeology. These include unresolved questions around access to unpublished reports generated by developer archaeology, the numerous barriers to synthesis and collaboration across disciplines, and the surge in applications of new techniques. Also mentioned in this context are the challenge of integrating the results of public archaeology projects and the impact of new theoretical perspectives, many of which are applied to good effect in this volume. The second part of the article focuses on four ‘grand challenges’ which hold promise for the future. These are defined as social complexity, resilience, behaviour and identity, humans, and the environment.

Keywords: data mining, meta-data, technologies, public archaeology, social complexity, resilience, behaviour and identity, humans and the environment

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