The key to the value of the archaeology is the information it contains.
If objects can only be understood as part of a collection, then they
should be kept together.
If however, they can be understood independently, if being separate,
does not significantly detract from their utility as a resource, then
they can be separate.
But perhaps more important, is how they are held. If they were held
separately, would there be a way to research related articles from
separate collections and bring them together for research if necessary.
A good analogy is the British library. Many of the book are held
separately. For someone who schedules a visit, it does not matter where
the books are being held - because in effect they are together in the
index. However for someone who drops in, the physical separation becomes
Sorry, not very coherent ... but hope it helps.
On 03/07/2012 20:14, William Moss wrote:
> Hello Dear Britarchers,
> Making an appeal to British expertise concerning collections management policy: is anyone aware of a policy statement suggesting that collections from one site or a group of associated sites need be kept together? Should policy state the contrary, would there be any operational guidelines as to how to manage them if split up?
> Thank you in advance.
> William Moss MA, FSA, RPA
> Archéologue principal
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