UKDFD – Impressive

Over on John Winter’s blog  he announces the launch of the new, revamped and updated version of the hugely successful United Kingdom Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) and reports (among other impressive and relative data ) that : –

“Well over 50,000 items have been uploaded to the database.
Around 47,000 of them have been validated and retained as permanent records.
The number of individual record-views exceeds 35 million.
At any one time, day or night, there are typically between 100 and 200 people online from around the world, making use of the database.”

These figures are  spectacular by any standards. I wish the new updated UKDFD every success and that it continues making the huge contribution to the common heritage for which this volunteer organisation is so famed. Long may it continue.

PASt Explorers

Meanwhile over at the British Museum, the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) outreach programme continues apace…

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This is a five-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enhance the PAS‘s volunteer programme. Under PASt Explorers, volunteers operate as Community Finds Recording Teams (CFRTs) based around their local Finds Liaison Officer, and the teams are organised into ten regional training areas. Volunteers receive training in order to identify and record archaeological finds from their local area, increasing the number of objects recorded onto the PAS database.The teams also promote the activities of the PAS to new audiences in their areas, and recruit others to volunteer with the PAS and engage with the history and archaeology of their local areas. As part of the project, two Project Officers, an Outreach Officer and an ICT Officer have been appointed to help support and coordinate volunteers.

Interested? Then  the PAS will love yo hear from you.

Reproduced by courtesy of the PAS

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Let’s hear it for George…(CBA, take note and inwardly digest on this inescapable truth): –

Beware of false  knowledge [or the bogus science of the AEC. JH] it is more dangerous than ignorance.                                                               George Bernard Shaw

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Ironically, to borrow from  UK Socialist  politician  Aneurin Bevan: –

No  amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for former communist apparatchiks. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.

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