Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Telepathic story-telling from PAS

Show and tell
PAS narrativisation at its usual standard: 
Teresa Gilmore, finds liaison officer for the West Midlands, said: "The coins would likely have been a farmer's savings that he buried in the field or could have been a donation to the gods." ( Kerry Ashdown, 'Barlaston field yields more than 2,000 pieces of Roman treasure' Staffordshire News December 13, 2016 )
Ms Gilmore might like to explain to the public that finance her office space what source-based or extra-source information she used to identify the social status of the person who deposited the hoard, and since there was no proper excavation of the findspot why she asserts it was buried in a field rather than under a pigsty or toolshed (or at some cult spot). This is just making-it-up, when she should have said that said by hoiking this out from among the remains of the deeply-buried ceramic containers, the impatient Treasure hunter has ruined any chance we may have had of understanding what the deposition of this group of artefacts (archaeological evidence) means. That is what proper public-funded archaeological outreach should entail. Instead we get childish fob-off dumbdown.Like some little kid making up some narrative about their toy soldiers, or make-believe playing house with a teaparty for soft toys and dolls. It's exactly the same ("Teddy's having tea now, because he's done his homework, good Teddy").

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