The Archaeological Investigations Project (AIP) has recently announced
the availability of its searchable database of a bibliographic gazetteer
of over 47,000 archaeological grey literature reports from 1982-2003. I
think I am correct in saying that this is very similar / almost the same
as the Excavations Index on ADS. Moreover, the original data is all
held by local HERs, in which the data are more robustly validated (AIP
grid references are regularly imprecise or incorrect, and it doesn't
include all reports). At least OASIS is trying to get reports digitally
avaialble (although there is the issue of mark-up), but for the AIP
identified reports, one will still have to go to the HERs in any case.
Surely this is a duplication or triplication of effort?
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