Statistical release for treasure (2010 and 2011) and portable antiquities (2011)

Published: Thursday 25th October 2012 Author:

Annual statistics of the number of objects of treasure found in 2010 (and the headline number for 2011) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and objects recorded through the portable antiquities scheme in 2011 (England and Wales) produced by the British Museum on behalf of DCMS were released on 12 October 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

  • Last release date: 12 October 2011 Treasure (2009) and Portable Antiquities statistical release (2009 and 2010
  • Period covered: January 2010 to December 2011 for treasure and January 2011 to December 2011 for portable antiquities
  • Geographic coverage: England, Wales and Northern Ireland for treasure and England and Wales for portable antiquities
  • Next release date: Treasure statistics from 2011 and statistics on portable antiquities from 2012 will be published in the third quarter of 2013

Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) record finds of treasure and portable antiquities on the Portable Antiquities database.

Report structure/format

The report sets out the latest figures for reported treasure finds for the 12 months to December 2010. It sets out the latest figures for objects reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme for the last 12 months to December 2011. It also presents objects recorded by geographical area and by period and category of find. The report is available in rtf and pdf format.

Key messages

  • In 2011 970 finds of Treasure were reported. The equivalent number for 2010 was 860.
  • In 2011 97,509 finds were recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The equivalent number for 2010 was 90,099.
  • In 2010 86 parties waived their right to a reward in 70 cases of Treasure, allowing them to be acquired by museums at no (or reduced) public cost.

Pre-release access The document below contains a list of officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Treasure and Portable Antiquities data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum.

Contact for enquiries:

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH
Email: evidence@culture.gsi.gov.uk The responsible analyst for this release is Penny Allen
For enquiries on this release contact: 020 7211 6106
For general enquiries telephone: 020 7211 6000

These documents are available online in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

Contact: Penny Allen 020 7211 6106

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