Counted Out and Counted In

The Hampshire Arts & Museums Service archaeology collections are stored in c 18,000 boxes, using c 450 cu m of space.  The largest single collection is Danebury and Environs which equals about 10% of the whole.  The Service uses MODES as its object database and although it has 60,000 records relating to archaeology the coverage is far from comprehensive.  A current initiative involves volunteers in checking the records against the actual material and refining it where appropriate.  Beneath a colourful representation of an Iron Age battle scene (Danebury Ring) Jane King sorts through the records relating to human remains, before checking them against the material in store.

Call That A Horse..?

Dave and Sarah examine the staters.

Keeper of Archaeology Dave Allen and Volunteer Sarah Gould are checking a small group of Iron Age gold staters from the Andover region against the museum gallery catalogue, as they are soon to be returning to display. Sarah is intrigued by the ‘scissor-nose’ description given to the horse motif on some of the staters, but close inspection shows that this is a pretty good description!