CIfA launches major new report: A Review of the Standard of Reporting on Archaeological Artefacts in England

In a project instigated by the CIfA Finds Group and funded by Historic England, CIfA commissioned Alice Cattermole Heritage Consultancy to undertake a review of the standard of artefact reporting in England.

The project involved the analysis of a sample of 1000 unpublished specialist artefact reports and 61 published specialist artefact reports from journal articles against a checklist of criteria devised to assess their content and quality. The report showed that
 - None of the reports in the sample met all the quality criteria
 - Only 12% met three-quarters or more of the criteria
 - 44% met fewer than half, and of those
 - 6% met fewer than a quarter of the criteria

The report makes a series of recommendations to improve the quality of artefact reporting. Please click to read the full Press release

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