Wednesday, February 19, 2014
PAS Maps Finds For All to See
The Portable Antiquities Scheme has unveiled this nifty tool to help visualize the distribution of coin finds from different periods within Britain and Wales. When will the Italians, Greeks, Cypriots and Bulgarians come up with something similar? Likely never. Why not? Simply because they have nothing akin to the Treasure Act and PAS that encourage the public to report finds so they can be recorded and used to tell us something about the distribution and use of historical coinage. But why don't they have such a system? Well, perhaps because its not primarily about conservation for their cultural bureaucracies, but rather mostly about control.