In this issue's 'Notes From the Field' we cover data archiving, institutional change and pilgrimage!

First, Paul Miller (of the Archaeology Data Service, York) discusses the ways in which archaeologists are trying to cope with the morass of digital data being generated at present, and how we should address the tricky business of archiving in 'Onward to the Brave New World? Preserving a Past for the Future'.

Most archaeologists working within Britain will know of the IFA but do you know what they can do for you ? Peter Hinton (of the IFA) gives us a brief introduction to 'The Role of the Institute of Field Archaeologists' and reveals details of projects planned by this important body.

Finally, we catch up with the footsore but elated Christian Turner (of York), featured in the last issue of assemblage, who has just completed (with Joel Burden) his pilgrimage to Santiago in aid of Shelter. In 'A Pilgrim's Progress' find out how a scallop shell opens doors, and if you sponsored them, many thanks on behalf of assemblage !

We also bring you the 'Site of the Month' -- both real and virtual. Peter Tomkins (Sheffield) reveals the spectacular harbour of a Neolithic site in Turkey, whilst Melissa Thomas (Sheffield) brings us words and images from a site in Greece. As a first for assemblage, we are also proud to introduce Amy Begier's (LeMoyne) virtual gargoyle museum, 'Material Culture as Evidenced by Gargoyles'. Designing for different audiences, she argues that such virtual sites can enrich traditional means of representation, for research in the places other museums can't reach !

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