|Hurrah for PAS, Yay!|
SCCArchaeology Oh good. But that is out of just 56,653 records. That means that coins make up half or the "archaeological record" produced by a collecting activity. Coins do not make up half the finds assemblages on any archaeological site anybody I know has ever dug. Where is the pottery in the Suffolk PAS database, and why only one item specifically connected with "food preparation"? (not to mention complete absence of other types of archaeological evidence one would normally expect from a range of East Anglian sites.) This is surely a hugely biased "sample". The truth is artefact hunters are no more "amateur archaeologists" than collectors of costume Barbie dolls ethnographers. I doubt there will be any archaeologists coming on here to debate that point with me and present a different point of view to my readers. Come on all you PAS supporters. Support them. Stand up for your beliefs - if you do believe in PAS and are not treating it as a mere convenience.
@SCCArchaeology 17 godzin temu Bury Saint Edmunds, England Wow, our #PortableAntiquities team just recorded the 30,000th #coin from Suffolk!!! @findsorguk
UPDATE 19th Jan 2016
Well, nobody has yet ventured over here to defend the PAS records as "data", but Jude Plouviez answered my "is that rather not rather a biased picture of the region's "archaeology"?" with a timid tweet:
Oh, but before we go, do let us search the Suffolk HER for "coins" - oddly we get just 384 records, including single findspots. Eh? Where are the other 29500? So in what way is this a "better view" of what we know of the archaeological record of Suffolk and the place of coin finds within it? That is just plain ridiculous.
Update Update 23rd Jan 2016
Pretty quiet here, innit? NO archaeologists coming over here to defend the notion that their "partners" are creating useful data? None at all?