Tuesday, 22 January 2013

UK Metal detecting under the Microscope: Archival Storage for Artefacts

The problem of the archival storage of artefacts in a properly managed collection is one that has many curators worried. Does the packaging contain any harmful chemicals (such as plasticisers) that will compromise the long-term stabiltity of the object? Will it encourage condensation? Will it allow easy access to the object and the inventory information ? In Britain, a large part of the archaeological record is de facto handed over to private individuals for curation, millions of artefacts are by now held in the personal collections of over ten thousand artefact hunters. How do they deal with this problem?
::gYou know the chocolates ferreo rocher ,well coins would fit just nice in a empty box, has to be a large box mine you made of plastic see though, after you enjoyed the chocolates  (Charwally06 'brill place to keep coins and its free', Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:19 am)
Muckyluck (Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:41 pm ):
::gI display a lot of my finds in empty ferrero rocher box's they are ideal for now, until I get a display cabinet. My favourites too! 
Targets (Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:58 p)
i use empty ice cream boxes as i have so much stuff
Shoveller (Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:23 am)
plastic chinese takeaway tubs ! lol ::g
I suppose it's marginally better than pocketses, but then what about the labels containing information on findspot and PAS record number? Where are they, and how are the prevented from becoming separated from the individual items? What does the offical PAS Guidelines on Amateur Archaeological Artefact Collection Management have to say about that ?

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