Monday, 18 March 2019

How to Make it Look that the 'Partners' Are Reporting Stuff

Don't be conned
Just added to the PAS website:
Ceramics (including the Pottery Guide) Created on 15th March 2019 by Helen Geake
So perhaps now the Artefact Erosion Counter (currently focussed on metal items) should now estimate how many ceramic sherds and Ceramic Building Material fragments are being walked over on the many medieval and Roman sites exploited by artefact hunters in England and Wales and not picked up and reported. Many excavation archives of this sort of material can be measured in the hundreds of kilos. And how many kilos are represented by the nationwide-twenty-year public pickup that the PAS database represents?

1 comment:

David Knell said...

I appreciate the need for generalisations in a brief guide but some statements can look a bit silly: "Roman pottery lamps were cast in moulds" (p.43). It is characteristic of local lamp production in Roman Britain that many products were NOT made in moulds (e.g. the relatively common Loeschcke Type XI lamps and some other varieties, both open and enclosed).

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