When I mention eBay to archaeologists, the majority opinion has been a shake of the head and the hint of a smile. It seems to me that eBay is viewed remotely as a negative phenomenon, not something to be engaged with. There are lots of reasons for this though, the sale of metal-detecting finds through it being only one. It’s also understandable that people find it hard to comprehend the sheer scale and complexity of eBay as a data set.
With that in mind, I want to start this exploration of eBay by trying to make that dataset more human. I’m going to do that through an exploration, presented largely without comment, of the sellers’ houses. Hope you like it, we can discuss it a week from now.
My data collection returned 18 listings of Jettons on eBay. As of November 2014, there were 8034 Jettons recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. EBay then, lists Jettons equivalent to 0.22% of the PAS database every month and would take 37 years to sell an equivalent set of artefacts.
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