CALL FOR PAPERS:
PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME CONFERENCE 2007
17-18 April 2007, British Museum, London
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by the public. A main aim of the Scheme is to 'advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales by systematically recording archaeological objects found by the public'. The data collated is published in an online database (www.findsdatabase.org.uk) and also made available to Historic Environment Records, academics and researchers. This dataset offers an invaluable source for understanding artefact types and their use as well as the wider historic environment.
Submissions are invited on any aspect of archaeological or historical research using Portable Antiquities Scheme data (at least as a component) to advance knowledge of finds or the historic environment. Papers should be no longer than 40 minutes. It is planned that the conference proceedings will be published within one year, and it will be necessary for contributors to submit their paper for publication soon after the conference.
Submissions, outlining the nature of the proposed paper and no longer than 200 words, should be sent to Dr Michael Lewis, Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, Department of Portable Antiquities & Treasure, British Museum, London, WC1B 3DG, by 31 September 2006.