I hope you and the others did not have the impression I was
curators - it is just the basic information available in museums. Malcolm
museums have accession registers, but I have never seen these available
researcher in museums (as they are in libraries). From what you
say below, that is all I would expect - "period, excavation, material".
Instead what I generally do in large museums because there is no
catalogue, is look for the gallery likely to have material of interest.
I check the material on display and if I find anything of interest ask to
to see the curator to get more information. When it comes to the
material I specialize in I don't expect the curator to know as much as I
do. However, recently I found a bag within a larger box marked as a
rim sherd and showed it to the curator saying I didn't agree and that it
ws a body sherd. He agreed. Details on body and rim sherds is not,
however, the kind of information however I would expect to find
I can completely understand that you wouldn't know what a "type 52b
mongolian stamped sherd" is, not many of us would, but wouldn't it be
helpful to a researcher who does understand sherds from this region to be
able to find the sherd and look at it. Isn't that what museums are about ?
Re your own collection Gail, tell me you have some briquetage and I
will come running.
On 3/16/01 4:20 AM Gail Boyle writes:
> Incidentally, Bea if you're ever in our neck of the woods our collection
>is all stored by period, excavation, material etc.
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve