Friday 7 December 2012

Portable Antiquities Scheme on Roman Coin Finds

Coin collectors claim that the coins they collect come from off-site finds and therefore no archaeological information is lost when they are hoiked out and carted off in bulk to the local dealer to sell like potatoes. Their arguments ignore the fact that this is not a view shared by archaeology. From the PAS website:
"With over 140,000 coins on the database, Roman coins make up the largest single artefact type recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. In recent years there has been a major push to record all coins found, not just those in good condition. It is important to emphasise that each Roman coin shares equal archaeological value, irrespective of its metal or condition. Therefore, all Roman coins from a particular site, field, parish...must be studied and recorded."

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