If PAS is to be judged by the number of recorded artifacts... then it will
Because the finds that detectorists do find many are not worthy of
Could you imagine every roman nail and lead dross handed in to keep numbers
up would bring the system to its knees.
People harp on about the depleted resource... surly it goes to show that the
numbers will go down as there are less finds to record. What many people
fail to add to this equation is that the resource is being degraded with
modern agricultural techniques, land is being scheduled or put under other
governmental schemes... so the people who where recording large amounts no
longer have large amounts to record. As well as kicking myself in the
face... UKDFD has nearly 13,000 records on its site and that would have had
an effect on the PAS numbers.
The numbers game won't work.
The numbers you should be looking at are the "new" recorders and schools and
other educational outreaches.
Times are changing and more people are looking at things electronically...
are these added to Paul's equations?
The amount of hits on the website and other related data.