Sunday 14 April 2013

Jon Adkins Finds Reporting on UKDFD and PAS

I thought since Jon Adkins showed an interest in what I was saying about find rates in the UK, I'd take a look at the public records on his. According to the UKDFD, "Jon has been collecting lithics for more than 30 years, first using a metal detector in 1977 [...] A keen supporter of the hobby, he is committed to recording his finds for future generations". The public sector of the PAS database only includes two items which can be firmly attributed to this finder (as a self recorder in the autumn of 2006). The UK Detector Finds Database includes some forty recordable items (plus three certainly outside the PAS remit). They were however found in a restricted time-range. There are 16 recordable items listed from August to December 2005, with 10 found January to May 2006 (including two items subsequently self-recorded with the PAS). After that the records decline, there are five from 2007, two from 2008 and one from 2009 and apparently nothing following that. So where are the records of those finds made between 1977 and 2005 and 2009 to the present date? Or is Mr Adkins simply not collecting anything?

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