News from the Scheme

Large increase in treasure finds on the way says Arts Minister Estelle Morris

Published: Friday 17th October 2003 Author:

Large increase in treasure finds on the way says Arts Minister Estelle Morris

The Treasure Annual Report published today shows that reported cases of Treasure can be expected to increase further with the expansion of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

From December there will be a network of Finds Liaison Officers across England and Wales actively working with finders to ensure the reporting of Treasure finds. A study in the latest Annual Report demonstrates that the presence of a Finds Liaison Officer can increase the number of finds reported as Treasure by up to five times.

Arts Minister Estelle Morris said:

" Once again this report demonstrates the success of the Treasure Act. It also shows how improvements to the Act and the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme have led to a substantial rise in the number of significant new finds that would otherwise not have been reported.

" I am also pleased to see that many objects are going to regional rather than national museums. This will enable people around the country to gain a greater understanding of their local heritage.

" Every now and then a superb find like that of the Ringlemere gold cup reminds us of our hidden heritage - the treasure that lies under our soil waiting to be discovered. It brings the past to the surface and provides tangible evidence about the lives and skills of those who preceded us. We now have a framework in place through the Treasure Act which enables the significance of such finds to be properly assessed by archaeologists and historians. That adds immeasurably to the understanding we all have about the history of this country."

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Finds Liaison Officers Examine Over 1,300 Objects at BBC Hidden Treasure Roadshow Event – 11 October 2003

Published: Monday 13th October 2003 Author:

To coincide with the BBC Hidden Treasure series the Portable Antiquities Scheme organised 'finds roadshows' in Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Market Harborough, Taunton, Worcester and York.

Finds experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme were on hand to identify and records archaeological finds discovered by the public. Over 490 people visited the roadshow events, with the Finds Liaison Officers examining over 1,300 objects of which 509 are to be recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme finds database - www.finds.org.uk

Cambridge

Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones opened the BBC Hidden Treasure event at Cambridge Central Library. Cambridgeshire County Council's Archaeological Section put on various displays, including finds from recent archaeological excavations and finds handling sessions. The most interesting find recorded was a polished Neolithic axehead, but the finds experts also examined other amazing finds, including Roman coins and a single collection of over 100 objects from a village near Cambridge.

Cardiff

The event in Cardiff took place in the Archaeology Education Room at the National Museum & Gallery of Wales. Visitors to the museum were also treated to talks on 'recent coin treasures from Wales', the 'conservation of archaeological finds' and 'identifying Roman pottery'. Amongst the finds recorded was a Roman ring, seal matricies and a large collection of worked flint.

 Mark Lodwick (Finds Co-ordinator Wales) records finds at the finds roadshow in Cardiff.

Image: Mark Lodwick (Finds Co-ordinator Wales) records finds at the finds roadshow in Cardiff.

Liverpool

Nick Herepath (North-West Finds Liaison Officer) was interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside prior to the finds roadshow at Liverpool Museum, and the event was videoed by two journalism students from John Moores University. The finds recorded included a silver Roman ring, complete with intaglio, a silver-gilt Tudor clothes fastener and a millstone found in the garden of a former mill. One finder brought his entire collection of finds discovered over many years.

The silver-gilt Tudor clothes fastener recorded at the Liverpool finds roadshow.

Image: The silver-gilt Tudor clothes fastener recorded at the Liverpool finds roadshow.

London

The London event, at the Museum of London, was opened by Jenny Jones - the Deputy Mayor of London. Visitors included Ian Potts who produced the BBC Hidden Treasure series and archaeologist Neil Faulkner who wrote the series book. The West Kent Detecting Club and Conservators at the Museum of London organised displays for the public. The finds recorded included a medieval strap-end, a theatre token and a rather nice collection of clay pipes.

Ros Tyrell 

Image: Ros Tyrell (Buckinghamshire Finds Liaison Officer) and Nicole Weller (London Finds Liaison Officers) examine a collection of clay pipes brought to the finds roadshow in London. 

Market Harborough

Mr Wallace, the finder of the Leicestershire Iron Age Coin Hoard which featured in the BBC Hidden Treasure series attended the event at Harbour Museum. On display were detector finds, 'dig boxes' so that children can excavate finds and the museum's 'archaeological simulator', which shows how archaeological excavation works. Amongst the finds recorded on the day was an Anglo-Saxon cruciform brooch, a pilgrim's flask and silver Roman coins.

Tom Brindle (Northamptonshire Finds Liaison Officer) said 'it was notable that people recording finds at the event had not previously done so, and now the event had highlighted the work of the Scheme they said they would continue to record their discoveries in the future'.

 The Anglo-Saxon brooch recorded at the finds roadshow in Market Harborough.

Image: The Anglo-Saxon brooch recorded at the finds roadshow in Market Harborough.

Taunton

The event at Somerset County Museum included behind the scenes tours of the archaeology section at the museum and tours of the archaeology galleries, which proved very popular. There was also a demonstration of the online version of the Somerset Sites and Monuments Record. The most interesting find recorded on the day was a medieval mirror case with stamped decoration.    

 Medieval mirror case

Image: The Medieval mirror case recorded at the finds roadshow in Taunton

Worcester

At the Commandery in Worcester visitors were able to see a display about how Portable Antiquities data and the Sites and Monuments Records have added to our knowledge of a local parish. Amongst the objects recorded was an Iron Age bucket mount, an Iron Age gold stater, a C17th seal matrix and some flint artefacts.

York

The Yorkshire Post, the Yorkshire Evening Press and the Northern Echo all covered the Hidden Treasure Roadshow at the Yorkshire Museum. Amongst the visitor attractions was a slide show of recent finds reported through the Scheme and a display of detector finds. A large number of finds were brought in for identification including a gold and garnet Anglo-Saxon pendant from North Lincolnshire, Roman brooches from North Yorkshire and a Neolithic handaxe.

 The Anglo-Saxon pendant recorded at the finds roadshow in York.

Image: The Anglo-Saxon pendant recorded at the finds roadshow in York.

For those unable to attend one of the Hidden Treasure roadshows the Portable Antiquities Scheme is still enthusiastic to record your finds. For the contact details of your local Finds Liaison Officer logon to www.finds.org.uk/contacts or phone 0207 323 8611.

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ToadHMS makes Portable Antiquities Scheme Database unique

Published: Tuesday 30th September 2003 Author:

Oxford, 30 September 2003:  Technology from Oxford ArchDigital is driving the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the national scheme that records archaeological finds by members of the public and makes them available on the Web.  ToadHMS is a complete, web-based data and image management system and it uniquely allows users, such as the Scheme's Finds Liaison Officers as well as members of the public, to enter data directly through their web browsers.  Its integrated Workflow and Data Quarantine facility ensures that all data is accurately validated by specialists before it is published on the Internet.

Roger Bland, Co-ordinator of the Portable Antiquities Scheme said:

"ToadHMS has enabled us to create a living heritage resource on the Web. Instead of being mere observers, members of the public will be helping to create the resource and so feel a sense of ownership in it as it grows," says  "The contents of the site will never be the same two days in a row, and yet the data that appears on it will be fully validated.  As a result, we have a valuable, evolving tool for all who are interested in our past, whether they are professionals, or members of the general public."

ToadHMS enables the Portable Antiquities Scheme to be a completely web-based system.  It can be accessed by project officers and members of the public via any browser on a PC or laptop and runs on Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems using a large number of underlying databases, including MS SQL, MySQL or Oracle.

The system is watertight in allowing for data to be validated before it is published on the web.  For example, when a member of the public submits data, it enters a 'quarantine' area for checking by a specialist.  Alternatively the person could give their information directly to one of the Scheme's 37 Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs). Then in turn it is validated by one of the four Finds Specialists who are part of the Scheme. Subsets of the data can be taken offline, added, edited and then synchronised with the server at a later date, which helps FLOs to enter data in the field or when using computers with slow Internet access. 

Searching the database couldn't be easier as it seamlessly integrates text, images and mapping data in a single, intuitive interface.  Selecting any find will bring up the full record relating to that find, including a photograph if one is available. One more click will show a map of Britain where it was found. Security is provided by a hierarchical system of user and group-level access control, a particularly useful feature when it is necessary to restrict access to sensitive information such as specific map references.  

Image management is fully integrated, rather than based on supplementary HTML pages, supports all of the common image file formats and is totally copyright protective.  When an image is selected, the system delivers a proxy over the web which, depending on the end user's credentials and requirements, is watermarked or re-sampled.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has been live since 1998 and its popularity is growing rapidly. This year alone, the website (http://www.finds.org.uk) is on course for over 1.5 million hits, 500,000 higher than the previous period. There are currently 53,000 records on the system which are all available for the public to browse through.  The Scheme is designed for expansion, and future plans include developing its educational applications and making more raw data available to the research community. 

"However, the success of national TV shows such as Time Team and Meet the Ancestors prove the enormous amount of public interest in archaeology," continues Roger Bland.  "So we are working hard with Oxford ArchDigital to ensure that the site develops to have the widest possible appeal."

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Links
The Portable Antiquities Scheme:  http://www.finds.org.uk
Additional Information on ToadHMS:  http://toadhms.com
Oxford ArchDigital:  http://oxarchdigital.com
The British Museum:  http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

For further information please contact Antony David, Spriggs David, Tel: 01865 512662 Email: antony@spriggsdavid.com.

Oxford ArchDigital (OAD) provides systems and advice to museums, archaeologists, local authorities and other heritage bodies whose responsibilities include the care and management of artefacts, historical sites and collections. The company was launched in early 2001 with funding from The University of Oxford and private investors and benefits from cutting edge IT developed within the University specifically for the task, together with the wealth of experience the founders brought with them.

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Unique Roman souvenir reveals Hadrian's Wall secrets.

Published: Tuesday 30th September 2003 Author:

The vessel, a bronze pan, was discovered in the Staffordshire Moorlands by Kevin Blackburn and his detecting partner Julian Lee. Kevin recalls:

'when we found the object we knew it was important and should be recorded by an archaeologist. Immediately we contacted Jane Stewart our local Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who is based at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.'

The trulla

Figure 1: Detail of vessel, showing the inlaid coloured enamel in its full glory.

Elaborately decorated with 'Celtic-style' motifs the vessel is inlaid with coloured enamel. Ralph Jackon (Curator Romano-British Collections, British Museum) describes the vessel as 'a patera, a handled pan which was rather like a small saucepan in appearance. Its base and handle were made separately and soldered on, but both are now missing. To judge from other finds the handle would have been flat and bow-tie shaped and also inlaid with coloured enamel. These ostentatiously colourful pans, made in the 2nd century AD, had varied decorative designs but the present example is unusual in its curvilinear scrollwork - a balanced design of eight roundels enclosing swirling six-armed whirligigs. It is also notable for the fine preservation of so much of its enamel inlay and for the large number of colours used - blue, red, turquoise, yellow and (possibly) purple.'

Undoubtedly the most exciting feature of the vessel is the engraved inscription, which runs around the pan in an unbroken sequence of letters just below the rim. It lists four forts located at the western end of Hadrian's Wall; Bowness (MAIS), Drumburgh (COGGABATA), Stanwix (UXELODUNUM) and Castlesteads (CAMMOGLANNA). Until the discovery of this pan only two other examples were known with inscriptions naming forts on Hadrian's Wall: the 'Rudge Cup', discovered in Wiltshire in 1725, and the 'Amiens patera', found in Amiens in 1949. Between them they name seven forts, but the present pan is the first to include Drumburgh. All three are best explained as souvenirs of Hadrian's Wall, which was a unique type of frontier in the Roman Empire, perhaps as remarkable then as today.


Figure 2: Composite image demonstrating the enamelled cup frieze.

The text of the cup
Figure 3: The inscription shown above, enhanced for legibility.

Roger Tomlin (Wolfson College, Oxford University) adds 'The bowl confirms the ancient names of four forts in sequence from the western end of the Wall, and for the first time suggests what is likely to be the correct ancient form for the name for Drumburgh. In addition, there are further important differences from the other examples; it incorporates the name of an individual, AELIUS DRACO and a further place-name, RIGOREVALI which may refer to the place in which Aelius Draco had the pan made.'

Sally Worrell (Prehistoric and Roman Finds Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme) says:

'Aelius Draco was perhaps a veteran of a garrison of Hadrian's Wall and on retirement  had this vessel made to recall his time in the army. His Greek name suggests that he or his family originated in the Greek-speaking part of the eastern Roman Empire.  An individual's name on an object often records the maker, but in this case it is more likely to refer to the person for whom the object was made. This is an absolutely wonderful find - the most important Roman object recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme'.

It is hoped that the pan will be acquired by a museum.
 

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On 30th September 2003 at 10am there will be a press launch in the Staff Room, 6th Floor, Institute of Archaeology, 31-4 Gordon Square, London. The Staffordshire Moorlands Cup will be on display and there will also be an opportunity to ask Sally Worrell questions about the find and its circumstances of discovery.

Notes to editors:

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) is a voluntary scheme for the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public. It was established to promote the recording of chance archaeological discoveries and to broaden public awareness of the importance of such finds for understanding our past. Since 1997 the Scheme's Finds Liaison Officers have recorded over 150,000 objects.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is managed by a consortium of national bodies led by Resource: the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, and includes the British Museum, English Heritage, the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, together with the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, the Council for British Archaeology, the National Council for Metal-detecting, the Society of Museum Archaeologists and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme, in conjunction with Oxford ArchDigital, has developed a new database based on cutting edge, open source technology. The accompanying press release from OAD outlines in more detail the system and its benefits. The database can be reached at http://pas.toadhms.com; it contains approximately 53000 records and 9300 images.

On 11th October 2003, in conjunction with BBC Hidden Treasure, 'finds roadshows' will be held at eight venues across the country (in Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Market Harborough, Taunton, Worcester and York) where Finds Liaison Officers will be on hand to record archaeological finds discovered by members of the public. Further information can be found on the BBC History website at www.bbc.co.uk/history/archaeology/treasure or by calling the BBC helpline on 08700 101 616.
 
Sally Worrell (Portable Antiquities Scheme, Finds Adviser, Roman and Prehistoric) is based at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  

Jane Stewart is the Finds Liaison Office for the West Midlands and Staffordshire and is based at Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery and Stoke Potteries Museum.
 

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Manchester Museum Finds Surgery

Published: Tuesday 23rd September 2003 Author:

Nick Herepath, North West Find Liaison Officer, will be holding a finds surgery at Manchester Museum on Sunday October 19th between 11.30-12.30 and 14.30-15.30. This is one of the public events being staged to celebrate the re-opening of the Museum after extensive refurbishment.

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New finds liaison officers announced

Published: Monday 15th September 2003 Author:

A further batch of new Finds Liaison Officer posts has now been appointed, as well as a Finds Adviser (Medieval & Post Medieval Objects) and an Education Officer.

Anna Tyacke Cornwall Finds Liaison Officer
(tel: 01872 272205; e-mail: a.tyacke@royal-cornwall-museum.freeserve.co.uk)
Anna specialised in Anglo-Saxon archaeology at Cambridge, and later completed a Masters degree in Museum Studies at Leicester. Anna has since worked on several archaeological sites and in museums throughout the world! She is interested in Bronze Age metalwork, but has a special passion for Anglo-Saxon jewellery.

Caroline McDonald Finds Liaison Officer Essex
(tel: 01206 282931/2; e-mail: caroline.mcdonald@colchester.gov.uk)
In her own words, Caroline is a 'born again Essex girl'! She began her career in television, but later studied archaeology at University College London. Caroline has been volunteering at Colchester Museum for many years and has been an assistant leader at the Colchester branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club for the past two. She is particularly interested in the Late Iron Age of Essex.

Nicole Weller Finds Liaison Officer and Community Archaeologist for Greater London
(tel: 020 7814 5733; e-mail: nweller@museumoflondon.org.uk)
Before joining the Scheme, Nicole was the Finds supervisor for Colchester Archaeological Trust. Prior to this, she worked as a finds Assistant for the Essex County Council field unit. Nicole is currently studying part-time for a Masters degree in Archaeology at Birkbeck College.

Frank Basford Finds Liaison Officer for the Isle of Wight
(tel: 01983 823810; e-mail: frank.basford@IOW.gov.uk)
Frank has worked as a field archaeologist and illustrator for the Isle of Wight archaeological service for many years now. Over the last 15 years, he has been working closely with local detectorists. Frank is particularly interested in the Bronze Age and in inter-tidal archaeology and co-manages the Isle of Wight's coastal archaeology.

Wendy Scott Finds Liaison Officer Leicestershire and Rutland.
(tel: 0116 264 5807)
Wendy studied History and Archaeology at Trinity College Wales before going on to do a Masters degree in Post Excavation at Leicester. She has spent four years working for the Sites and Monuments Record and has also been in involved in archaeology events days at Leicester. Wendy is interested in all things pre-1066, and is particularly interested in personal ornament and metalwork.

Tom Brindle Northamptonshire Finds Liaison Officer.
(tel: 01604 237249; e-mail: tbrindle@northamptonshire.gov.uk)
Tom studied archaeology at Cardiff University, before undertaking a Masters degree in Archaeological Heritage Management at York University. Prior to this Tom worked as a site supervisor and topographical surveyor in Scotland, Romania and Egypt, and has also worked as an archaeological illustrator.

Philippa Walton Finds Liaison Officer for the North East.
(tel: 0191 222 7846; e-mail: p.j.walton@ncl.ac.uk)
Philippa studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and also Classics at Cambridge before joining Oxford Archaeology as Finds researcher. She has worked with finds assemblages from many sites, her favourite being the Hellenistic and Roman city of Zeugma, Turkey, where she managed the post excavation programme of finds research. Philippa is particularly interested in Roman metalwork.

Liz Wilson Sussex Finds Liaison Officer.
(tel: 01273 486260; e-mail: flo@sussexpast.co.uk)
Prior to joining the Scheme, Liz studied archaeology at the University of Nottingham. As part of her degree Liz completed an important piece of research into Iron Age Norfolk. Liz is particularly interested in pottery and flint work

Katie Hinds Wiltshire Finds Liaison Officer.
(tel: 01380 727369; e-mail: katiehinds@wiltshireheritage.org.uk)
Katie has been with the Scheme for over four years now and previously worked as the Norfolk Finds Liaison Officer. Prior to this she studied Classical Studies before undertaking a Masters degree in Classical Archaeology at Liverpool. Katie is especially interested in Bronze Age metalwork.

David Evans Finds Liaison Assistant Yorkshire.
(tel: 01904 687666; e-mail: david.evans@ymt.org.uk)
After completing a degree in Archaeology and History at Durham, David studied Medieval Studies at York, and is particularly interested in the Medieval period. He then worked as a field archaeologist for several units in the UK and Germany. Before joining the Scheme, David worked as an administrator at Leeds Metropolitan University.


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Ceinwen Paynton Education Officer.
(tel: 020 7323 8618; e-mail: cpaynton@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk)
Ceinwen studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, and later took a Masters degree in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Wales. She was one of the original Finds Liaison Officers appointed in 1997, working as the FLO for Yorkshire. On the nights not spent in metal detecting clubs, she did her teacher training at night school. Cei went to work with Time Team as development researcher and finds specialist, but has been lured away from television back to the PAS as Education officer.

Helen Geake Finds Adviser (Medieval and Post-Medieval Objects.)
(tel: 01223 333323)
Helen studied Medieval Archaeology at University College London before completing a PhD on 7th Century Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, and is an expert on all things Anglo-Saxon! She later helped set up a dedicated unit working with metal detectorists at Norfolk Museums Service. Helen joined the Scheme in 2000 as the Suffolk Finds Liaison Officer.

For details of your local Finds Liaison Officer log on to www.finds.org.uk/involved/regional/asp, e-mail: info@finds.org.uk, tel.: 020 7323 8611 / 8618, or write to Portable Antiquities Scheme, c/o Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum, London WC1 3DG.

The new member of the Scheme
Photo (left to right): David Evans, Anna Tyacke, Wendy Scott, Phillipa Walton, Frank Basford, Caroline MacDonald, Liz Wilson, Ceinwen Paynton, Nicole Weller, Tom Brindle, Helen Geake and Katie Hinds 
 

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Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill

Published: Monday 15th September 2003 Author:

The 'Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Bill' had its second reading in the House of Lords last Friday. Again, thanks to the efforts of Lords Redesdale and Renfrew, the issue of the future of the Scheme was also raised:

Lord Renfrew (Conservative) said 'It is particularly to be welcomed that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport facilitated the establishment of the Portable Antiquities Scheme with 14 liaison officers, and that the scheme has now been expanded to cover the whole of England and Wales with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund funding a further 32 liaison officers, thereby establishing a national network. In this way Britain can be said to be playing its part in countering the illicit trade in antiquities, so far as antiquities originating here are concerned. But it is known that the Heritage Lottery Fund grant ends on 31st March 2006 and that it will not be repeated from that source. Can the Minister confirm that the department will undertake the necessary long-term funding of this essential service when the Heritage Lottery Fund payments come to the end of their term in 2006' The Statement made to this House on 10th October 2002 that the Government, "will give active thought to the question of the long-term sustainability of the scheme".-[Official Report, 10/10/02; col. 495.] is welcome, but after a year of "active thought" the time may now be ripe for some concrete planning and indeed budgeting'.

In reply the Parliamentary Secretary of state replied 'I was asked about portable antiquities by the noble Lord, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn. On 8th July, the Secretary of State said to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport that, "we ought to try to ensure that we can fund it"- the portable antiquities scheme- "in the long term". That was the thrust of the noble Lord's point. Obviously, we will have to take that issue seriously in the next spending round'.

Lord Redesdale (Lid-Dem) added 'As the Minister helpfully pointed out, the portable antiquities scheme, which is the backbone of the system for listing small finds throughout the country, is essential. We hope that coins will be presented to the finds liaison officers supported by the scheme. I hope that money can be found to support the scheme. The Secretary of State's comments on the future of the scheme were welcome'.

 

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Finds day - Heritage Weekend Event

Published: Friday 12th September 2003 Author:

Katie Hinds, Wiltshire Finds Liaison Officer, will be attending a Finds Day at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. 2:30pm on Sunday 14th September.
You are very welcome to bring along any archaeological finds, found whilst gardening or metal detecting, which she will gladly identify.
These finds will be recorded on our central database which is published via the web.

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Job Vacancies at the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Published: Monday 8th September 2003 Author:

Finds Adviser (two posts) and Finds Liaison Officers (nine posts).
Applications are invited for eleven archaeological posts (all contracts are for two years and four months), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The main aim of the Scheme is to advance our knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales by establishing a system for the voluntary recording of finds of archaeological objects discovered by members of the public, including metal-detector users, and to increase opportunities for active public involvement in archaeology. The data is published on www.finds.org.uk and is made available to the
relevant Sites and Monuments Record. All post-holders will work closely with the Head and Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities.

Finds Adviser
You will check records of relevant objects recorded by the Finds Liaison Officers for consistency and accuracy and edit as necessary; train the Finds Liaison Officers in the identification of coins and provide expert advice on them as required; and publish and research data, liaising with university departments.

Finds Adviser (Iron Age and Roman coins):
Department of Coins & Medals, British Museum (London).
Salary: Scale Band 5, £20,000 (pay award pending)

Finds Adviser (Medieval and post-medieval coins):
Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) andFitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).
Salary: Scale Oxford RS1A, £18,265-£22,191

Finds Liaison Officers
You will make contact with members of the public including metal-detector users; attend club meetings; explain the aims of the Scheme and the Treasure Act through giving talks; and record finds on the Scheme database.

Berkshire and Oxfordshire: West Berkshire Heritage Service (Newbury, Reading and Standlake).
Salary: West Berkshire Band F, £16,944-£19,185
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: Cambridgeshire County Council (Cambridge and Peterborough).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire: Derby City Museum (Derby and Nottingham).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944
Devon: Royal Albert Memorial Museum (Exeter).
Salary: £16,944

Gloucestershire and Avon: Bristol City Museum (Bristol and Gloucester).
Salary: Bristol Grade 8, £16,944-£18,582
Herefordshire and Shropshire: Ludlow Museum (Hereford, Ludlow and Shrewsbury).
Salary: £16,944

Lancashire and Cumbria: Museum of Lancashire (Preston and Carlisle).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

South and West Yorkshire: West Yorkshire Archaeology Service - Advisory Service (Wakefield and Doncaster).
Salary: LG Scale 5, £16,944

Staffordshire and West Midlands: Birmingham Museum (Birmingham and Stoke on Trent).
Salary: £16,944
For further details and application forms for each of these posts please contact the following:

Finds Adviser, Iron Age and Roman coins:
visit www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/jobs
Finds Adviser, Medieval and post-Medieval coins: Julia Allen, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, OX1 2PH.
Tel: 01865 278008. Email: julia.allen @ashmolean-museum.oxford.ac.uk
For an informal discussion about any of the above posts contact Roger Bland or Michael Lewis on 0207 323 8611.

Finds Liaison Officer, Berkshire and Oxfordshire:
Suzie Pattison , Support Services Assistant, Culture & Youth Service, Avonbank House, West Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1BZ. Tel: 01635 519127.
For an informal discussion contact Amanda Loaring on 01635 30511.
Email: aloaring@westberks.gov.uk

Finds Liaison Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough:
For more details and an application form go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk, click on Jobs and search for reference number VS1648.
If you encounter problems downloading forms contact Quinton Carroll or Sam Wilson. For an informal discussion contact Quinton Carroll. Contacts: Box No ELH1102, Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Court Shire Hall, Cambridge, CB3 0AP.
Email: Sam.Wilson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk  Tel: 01223 718072.
Email: Quinton.Carroll@cambridgeshire.gov.uk Tel: 01223 712335.

Finds Liaison Officer, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:
Personnel Department, Department of Development and Cultural Services, Derby City Council, Roman House, Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1XB.
Tel: 01332 716656. Textphone: 01336 256666.
Email: vacancies.D&CS@derby.gov.uk. For an informal discussion contact Jonathan Wallis on 01332 716657. Email: jonathan.wallis@derby.gov.uk

Finds Liaison Officer, Devon:
John Allan, Curator Antiquities, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX. Tel: 01392 665356. Email: john.allan@exeter.gov.uk
For an informal discussion contact John Allan (as above).

Finds Liaison Officer, Gloucestershire and Avon:
Bristol City Council, Department of Environment, Transport & Leisure, Human Resources, 4th Floor, Amelia Court, Pipe Lane, Bristol, BS99 1ZG.
Tel: 0117 922 2300 (24hr ansaphone): Job Ref. No. 7594. For an informal discussion contact Ray Barnett on 0117 922 3571 or Jan Wills on 01452 425705.
Email: ray_barnett@bristol-city.gov.uk / jan.wills@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Finds Liaison Officer, Herefordshire and Shropshire and Finds Liaison Officer, Staffordshire and West Midlands:
Phil Watson, Department of Human History, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH. Tel: 0121 303 4633.
Email: phil_watson@birmingham.gov.uk
For an informal discussion about either post contact Phil Watson (as above).

Finds Liaison Officer, Lancashire and Cumbria:
Helen Hemus, Central Office, Lancashire County Museums, Stanley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4YP. Tel: 01772 534061. For an informal discussion contact Stephen Bull on 01772 534061.
Email: stephen.bull@mus.lancscc.gov.uk

Finds Liaison Officer, South and West Yorkshire:
I. Sanderson, WYAS Advisory Service, Registry of Deeds, Newstead Road, Wakefield, WF1 2DE. Tel: 01924 306801. For an informal discussion contact Ian Sanderson on number above (direct line).
Email: isanderson@wyjs.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 26 September 2003

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Hidden Treasure Roadshows - 11th October 2003

Published: Friday 5th September 2003 Author:

Hidden Treasure is a new television series that will feature the work of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and highlight the contribution metal-detectorists have made to our understanding of the past. The programmes will be broadcast on BBC TWO on Tuesday's at 8:30pm for eight weeks from the 2nd September until 21st October 2003.

To coincide with the series the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the BBC will run a series of "finds roadshows" also known as finds days on Saturday 11th October 2003.

Finders will be able to bring along their finds for identification and recording to one of eight venues across the country:

Kent FLO recording finds.

Kent Finds Liaison Officer, Andrew Richardson, recording objects at a Finds event.

  • Cambridge (Cambridge Central Library)
  • Cardiff (National Museums & Galleries of Wales)
  • Liverpool (Liverpool Museum)
  • London (Museum of London)
  • Market Harborough (Harborough Museum)
  • Taunton (Somerset County Museum)
  • York (Yorkshire Museum)
  • Worcester (The Commandery, Sidbury)

The most interesting find from each event will be published on the BBC website as part of the BBC Hidden Treasure series, and the finder with the 'top find' will be presented with a BBC book. All the finds recorded will be published on the Portable Antiquities Scheme finds database - helping to add to our knowledge and understanding of the past.


 

The brooch depicted is from Eastry in Kent.

Further details will be published on the BBC History website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history). Alternatively, you may telephone the BBC helpline for further information on 08700 101 616 nearer the time.

 

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