|Subject:||Re: Portable Antiquities Scheme, report 2004 - 2005|
|Date:||Mon, 14 Nov 2005 00:37:23 +0100|
|Newsgroups:||sci.archaeology, soc.history.medieval, soc.history.ancient|
Philip Deitiker wrote:
In sci.archaeology message news:4377a9ed$0$67048$dbd43001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx by "Peter Alaca" <P.Alac@xxxxxxxxx> . . . :The British Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year many thousands of objects are discovered, many of these by metal-detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past. For the 106 pages 2004/2005 report, go to http://www.finds.org.uk/news/reports.phpNow if you can convince the public to take a GPS, compass, ruler and camera with them as well as metal detectors you might actually have artefacts.
But see for example this Recent research on Late Roman belt fittings A paper on Late Roman belt fittings is currently being prepared by Kevin Leahy (Finds Adviser). While this topic might appear to be somewhat esoteric these buckles and strap-ends have important implications with regard to our understanding of the end of Roman Britain. Much has been written about this topic in the past but it is only by looking at the where the belt fittings are being found in Britain that we can begin to understand their significance. In the past much has been made of the military nature of these finds but the finds recorded by the PAS suggest that they are concentrated in the civilian areas of Britain and are rare in the military zone. This demonstrates the value of the PAS data; we are now getting distribution patterns that reflect a historical reality.
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