Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Too Much Information?
Archaeo-bloggers David Gill and Paul Barford have taken the Portable Antiquities Scheme to task for allowing archaeologists to post finds on the database that was designed to record non-Treasure finds by the public. Of course, PAS is a voluntary scheme and while it is not mandatory for archaeologists to post finds, really what's wrong with them doing so? In the end, shouldn't it be about creating the most complete record of significant finds possible? As it is, without archaeologists reporting, there is a hole in the PAS record. Sure, archaeologists should report details of their finds to the local Historic Environment office, but is such information as accessible as the PAS database for scholars and anyone else interested in learning more details about what is found?