Picture from the new archive facilities at Sturenkatu 2 Helsinki. Photo Soile Tirilä.
Computer operated archive cabinets at Sturenkatu 2 . Photo Markku Haverinen.
Then to the issue of numbering the excavation finds. A while ago it was still possible to take the excavation finds to the National Board of Antiquities for numbering. Not so any more this too has be done (and paid for) by the excavator. I look back at the good old days when employed people with the right attitude, skills, patience and good handwriting took care of this part. I honestly hope that things will work out in the future without the costs of making excavation reports rising to the extreme, or the quality suffering because of people lacking solid personal assistance in the future.
Page from the find catalogue of the "National Board of Antiquities" from ca 1900.