Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Quality of PAS 'data' (2)

SUSS-BA7F45: Found near Brighton. A modern fantasy coin representing a Roman denarius in silver based on obverse portraits of Julius Caesar and the AEGVPTO (or AEGVPT) CAPTA reverse type of Octavian minted in 28-27 BC. The best explanation seems to be that it was made for people to buy whilst on the Grand Tour in Italy. It was subsequently lost near Brighton. This coin is recognizably a modern loss, but illustrates the huge potential for material in scattered ephemeral collections to contaminate the archaeological record. If the tourist had returned with authentic coins and they were scattered in the same way, and then found by a metal detectorist and reported, they'd be recorded by the PAS as archaeological evidence.

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