To be specific: before a certain date of discovery, archaeology is a
finite resource. However, the subject matter changes and increases (for
example, I bet no-one was even thinking of Cold War archaeology in
1984...although I know some smart alec will almost certainly point me to
someone who was :-). In my experience, there is also a tendency towards
multiplication when work is carried out under specific area studies, so
a group formerly recorded as (say) ' Group of mere stones at East Field,
Little Hobbington', will end up with a record for each stone, so this
will also result in an apparent growth of number of records.
And I've only just noticed that 'find' has been mis-spelled in the
subject line all this time. *Is there anything left to fund* might be an
appropriate expansion, too.
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From: British archaeology discussion list
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of PETTS D.A.
Sent: 30 January 2010 10:36
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Is there anything left to fnd?
This is quite an interesting question-
obviously there is still a lot to discover, however, at the end of the =
day archaeology is a finite resource. Its fairly obvious that there was
only ever a fixed number of villas. hillforts, flint scatters, hoards =
etc... The key question is, do we know what proportion of the original =
sites survive? Do we know about 95% of all Roman villas or 10% of them -
this has some quite interesting consequences as far as heritage =
I am sure I've seen somewhere someone modelling the rate of discovery of
specific site types and arguing from the relative increase what =
proportion of them we've probably found (though I can't remember where =
this was or the precise methodology).=20
From: British archaeology discussion list on behalf of Cerridwen =
Sent: Sat 30/01/2010 10:24
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Is there anything left to fnd?
As this island has been inhabited for millenia, surely one can dig =
anywhere and find something - not something major, but something:-)
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