By Clay Diggins
Land Matters updated their Mining Claim Maps this past Wednesday.
Although the LR2000 has been shut down Land Matters gets their data directly from the main BLM database in Denver. This mining claims update is only current until the gov shutdown on December 21st. We've been updating these maps twice a month for more than 4 years now.
There have been some really big changes in Arizona this past month with a lot of ground opening up in some very good areas. A lot of the newly closed claims were old, from the 1930's and later so this isn't just the usual end of year churn.
On a related subject the LR2000 went live again today. I guess the new boss told them to flip the switch? It did seem petty to take it down during the shutdown since the servers are already paid for.
I just came across this Book "Forgotten Coins of the North American Colonies" on eBay
So I decided to buy it with the CD.
It just arrived yesterday and I am floored at this extensive study of colonial counterfeits, the book is nearly 1" thick and the coins are reproduced over sized, it a great inexpensive reference guide, and an in-depth education into how raw it was to have to manage during those early years
By Steve Herschbach
"The Portable Antiquities Scheme's database holds records of archaeological finds discovered by members of the public. These are found while carrying out a wide range of activities including metal-detecting. Our first record was made in 1998, the half-million mark was reached in March 2010, and our millionth object, a Roman coin from the Seaton hoard, was recorded in September 2014.
Our database is easy to search, and your search results can be filtered to find just the data you want. You can find tips on searching the database here.
Our records are available with differing levels of information, depending on your user account. The Scheme is very willing to give research access to researchers who register with us for higher-level access. An ever increasing body of research is now being conducted on our collated data, enabling some very high-calibre work with great success in obtaining AHRC and other sources of funding.
We do not record details of objects found by professional archaeologists (details of these can be found by contacting your local Historic Environment Record) but we do occasionally incorporate data recorded by other institutions. In March 2010 we added the records of the Oxford University Celtic Coin Index (CCI- prefix) and Cardiff University's Iron Age and Roman coins of Wales project (IARCW- prefix). These records complement the data that the Scheme collects itself, but the information has been imported from a different data model, so images and inscriptions are not always available. We do not have access to the objects to improve this situation.
Most of our images are available under a CC-BY licence. We encourage people to use our data and images as widely as possible. Enjoy!"
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