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The Council for British Archaeology reports today that –
 
The Petition for a Royal Charter of Incorporation put forward by the Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) was considered by the Privy Council at its meeting on 11 February 2014, and Her Majesty the Queen was pleased to sign the Order of Grant.
 
This decision is a spectacular endorsement of the role of  archaeologists. IfA successfully made the case to the Privy Council that archaeology is a clear and distinct discipline working in the public interest. IfA established that IfA’s accredited members subscribe to an ethical Code of conduct, have demonstrated their competence and made a commitment to developing their skills through Continuing Professional Development, and are subject to the oversight of their peers – the essential elements of professionalism. We have also shown the Privy Council that we have robust and fair processes for accrediting individuals and organisations, measuring compliance with standards, and for investigating allegations of unprofessional practice; and we have set out a sound, efficient and transparent structure of governance – the necessary components of any professional institute seeking recognition.
 
More here.
 
 
A silver penny from the reign of Henry I (1100 – 1135)
The coin is unique as it is the first known to mention the moneyer ÆLFWINE at Hereford
Image credit the Portable Antiquities Scheme
 
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded 900,000 archaeological finds since it was set up in 1997. Singling out those made by Tom Redmayne from North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, BBC News Lincolnshire reports that Mr Redmayne, “…has made more than 500 significant archaeological finds [and] has been praised by the British Museum [for helping] build a picture of the county with his finds.
 
British Museum data shows that Lincolnshire was one of the top three areas of the country for Portable Antiquities Scheme finds in 2012. People who find items can log them with the PAS database, set up in 1997. It has now recorded more than 900,000 finds in its 15-year history.
 
In its annual PAS report, the British Museum said: “His [Tom Redmayne’s] finds have been of a consistently high standard, and the information now produced is of great benefit to understanding the archaeological landscape of the Lincolnshire marsh region. Adam Daubney, finds liaison officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said Mr Redmayne was “an ambassador” for metal detector users everywhere.
 
Full article here.
   

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