That's one way of keeping archeologists in work! (humor) :-)
From: British archaeology discussion list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Boothroyd
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 5:37 PM
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Subject: [BRITARCH] "Losing" artifacts
This is a perennial problem which is becoming worse as local authorities are encouraged to 'save' money.
English Heritage are, I am reliably informed, starting to rebury masonry on site once it has been recorded -it is likely to be better preserved than scattered around the site and can always be recovered in the future if necessary, and doesn't take up precious storage space either.
With large amounts of pottery perhaps a similar idea could be implemented!
Fragile and degradable artifacts would still remain to be conserved and stored of course.