PAS 15 – Finds from Shropshire

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Shropshire:

Image of seven archaeological finds from Shropshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Shropshire.

Medieval staff mount (WMID-902A21): a copper alloy mount from an ecclesiastical staff.

Iron Age brooch (HESH-B7DED5): a copper alloy La Tene II style brooch.

Neolithic axe hammer (HESH-191F76): a perforated axe hammer head made from picrite.

Medieval floor tile (HESH-0E5F4B): a ceramic floor tile depicting the Arma Christi or “Instruments of the Passion”.

Early Medieval hooked tag pair (HESH-24A9D4 and LVPL-A65F43): a silver mirrored pair of hooked tags in the Trewhiddle style. The tags were found separately, two years apart!

Iron Age fob (LVPL-78F55A): a copper alloy fob or dangler with a triskele motif.

Medieval mount (WMID-55BE81): a copper alloy mount in the shape of a dog or wolf’s head.

PAS 15 – Finds from Wales

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from across the country – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Wales:

Image of seven archaeological objects found in Wales.
A selection of finds from Wales.

Iron Age stone head (WREX-DC5D73): a carved limestone head.

Medieval brooch (GAT-69425D): a copper alloy brooch in the shape of a Wyvern.

Bronze Age hoard (NMGW-3EA2A8): a hoard of copper alloy axeheads and spearheads.

Early Medieval sword belt mount (HESH-26E9D1): a gilded copper alloy mount in the Carolingian style.

Post-medieval printing plate (WREX-DA1FBD): a lead alloy letterpress printing plate with Welsh text.

Neolithic knife (NMGW-5D4879): a Neolithic flint knife that has been reworked into an awl.

Post-medieval mining token (WREX-FA7C5C): a copper alloy token issued by the Parys Mining Company in Anglesey.

PAS 15 – Finds from Rutland

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Rutland:

Image of seven archaeological finds from Rutland.
A selection of finds from Rutland.

Early Medieval pendant (LEIC-47932A): a gold filigree disc pendant.

Medieval harness pendant (NARC-0766E9): a copper alloy pendant of a knight on horseback or a centaur.

Medieval laver mount (LEIC-B96215): a copper alloy mount in the shape of a woman’s head from a medieval laver (hand-washing basin)

Neolithic arrowhead (LEIC-B31DBC): a flint leaf-shaped arowhead.

Medieval coin (LEIC-FAF0D4): a silver groat of Richard III, minted 1483-5.

Early Medieval mount (LEIC-4199B9): a copper alloy mount with Salin Style I zoomorphic deocoration.

Post-medieval musket balls (PUBLIC-F14330): a group of lead alloy musket balls, probably from the English Civil War.

PAS 15 – Finds from Oxfordshire

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Oxfordshire:

Image of seven archaeological finds from Oxfordshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Oxfordshire.

Early Medieval brooch (SUR-8F3008) – a copper alloy circular brooch with traces of enamel remaining.

Roman miniature axe (BH-6D6F73) – a copper alloy votive axe.

Post-medieval spectacles (BERK-7F0834) – a pair of 17th century folding spectacles with carry case.

Early Medieval work box (OXON-1A54A6) – a copper alloy work box with incised decoration.

Bronze Age axehead (BERK-79C218) – a copper alloy socketed axehead of Ulleskelf type.

Post-medieval dagger pommel (BERK-FDF727) – a copper alloy dagger pommel from Tudor period.

Bronze Age razor (SUR-D8D06E) – a copper alloy razor blade.

PAS 15 – Finds from Nottinghamshire

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Nottinghamshire:

Image of seven archaeological finds from Nottinghamshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Nottinghamshire.

Medieval bulla (NLM-4BE7E9): a lead bulla of Pope Clement VI.

Early Medieval bead (DENO-ABEF13): a glass bead of late Roman to early Anglo-Saxon date.

Mesolithic blade (SWYOR-0FFBF4): a retouched flint blade of late Mesolithic to early Neolithic date.

Roman finger ring (DENO-1E6A53): a copper alloy ring with a key bit.

Medieval mount (DENO-A5D203): a copper alloy mount in the shape of an eagle or phoenix.

Early Medieval mount (DENO-C91841): a gilded copper alloy mount.

Medieval buckle (DENO-791016): a copper alloy buckle with fleur-de-lis pin.

PAS 15 – Finds from Northumberland

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Northumberland:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds that were found in Northumberland.
A selection of finds from the county of Northumberland.

 

Post-medieval sword hilt (DUR-1B4737):  a decorated copper alloy sword hilt or hand guard.

Medieval mirror case (YORYM-31BCE6): a copper alloy mirror case with punched decoration.

Roman mount (NCL-A38DF3): a copper alloy mount inlaid with enamel and millefiori.

Early Medieval brooch (DUR-6EA782): a fragment of a copper alloy cruciform brooch.

Medieval tumbrel (DUR-1BDD67): a copper alloy coin weighing balance.

Post-medieval token (NCL-B4F01A): a silver siege coin struck at Newark in 1645-46.

Mesolithic microliths (DUR-05A819): a group of eight flint scrapers.

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Northamptonshire

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Northamptonshire:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds from Northamptonshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Northamptonshire.

 

Roman coin (NARC-A1A418): a gold one-and-a-quarter solidus of Licinius I.

Iron Age cheek-piece (NARC-771411): a gilded copper alloy decorated sheet, possibly from a helmet.

Neolithic macehead (NARC-181793): a Neolithic macehead carved from the antler of a Red Deer.

Bronze Age knife (NARC-1E59F0): a flint knife with fine retouching.

Early Medieval sword pommel (LON-F73775): an Anglo-Saxon sword pommel made of gold over a copper alloy core.

Medieval seal matrix (NARC-579590): a copper alloy seal matrix relating to St. Radegund.

Early Medieval brooch (NARC-F91726): a Saxon Great Square Headed brooch.

 

 

PASt Explorers Conference 2018 – The Bigger Picture

Image of archaeological finds inside a picture frame to illustrate the bigger picture theme.Since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began, over 1.3 million objects have been recorded on the Database. But what happens to the information once an object has been recorded? What does it all mean?

There are currently over 600 registered research projects using PAS data, from largescale AHRC-funded efforts to A-level projects, desk-based assessments, magazine articles and more.

The PASt Explorers conference 2018 will explore some of the many ways in which the PAS data is being used. From broad narratives to local research projects, it will celebrate how the work of our volunteers and self-recorders is helping to shape our understanding of the past.

 

The conference is at The Key Theatre in Peterborough on the 13th September 2018.

The conference is free to attend but booking is essential. Please book through our Eventbrite page: https://bit.ly/2uZckcF or call 0207 323 8293 to book a place. Lunch is provided and PAS volunteers can claim back their travel, subject to the PASt Explorers Expenses Policy (please contact us for further information).

Conference programme:

  • 10:30  Registration
  • 10:55  Welcome
  • 11:00  The Importance of Research, Andrew Rogerson (Norfolk Museums Service)
  • 11:30  Iron Age Hoards on the PAS Database, Rachel Wilkinson (British Museum)
  • 12:00  Bridge over troubled water? Interpreting the Romano-British finds from the River Tees at Piercebridge, Philippa Walton (University of Reading)
  • 12:30  Lunch and workshops
  • 14:00  Disc-on-pin buckles: using the PAS database for personal research, Tom Redmayne (PAS)
  • 14:30  PAS finds in the north-east, Des Murphy (PAS)
  • 15:00  Break
  • 15:30  Small finds, bigger picture: recovering lost meaning in late medieval England, Malcolm Jones (PAS)
  • 16:00  End

As well as talks, this year we have a series of mini-workshops taking place over an extended lunch-break. These include searching the database for research, improving your object descriptions, and looking after your finds.

So why not join us in September and take a look at The Bigger Picture.

PASt Explorers is a five-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

PAS 15 – Finds from Norfolk

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen from Norfolk:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds from Norfolk.
A selection of finds from the county of Norfolk. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme, Licence: CC-BY.

 

Medieval penny (NMS-FFDE29): a silver penny of William I, moneyer Thurgrim of Norwich.

Medieval pilgrim badge (NMS-3D99F3): a pilgrim badge depicting St. Nicholas clothed as a Bishop.

Medieval aquamanile (NMS-1D9D54): a pottery aquamanile in the shape of a dog’s head.

Roman plate brooch (NMS-13F7BA): a copper alloy enamelled plate brooch in the shape of a fish.

Post-medieval nutcracker (NMS-004813): a copper alloy nutcracker shaped like a cooking pot.

Medieval buckle plate (NMS-B1DD90): a enamelled copper alloy buckle plate from Limoges.

Post-medieval cloth seal (NMS-96EAD2): a two-part lead cloth seal of the Norwich Weavers’ Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Summer Finds

This year marks 15 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme as a national scheme. Throughout the year we’ll be celebrating finds from each county – a find a day for the whole year! Here are the finds we’ve chosen on the theme of travelling and faraway places:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds from other countries found in the UK.
A selection of finds related to travel and places overseas. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme, Licence: CC-BY.

 

Modern tobacco pipe (BUC-282AE0): a ceramic tobacco pipe from Zambia.

Early Medieval brooch (WMID-D27DCC): a gold brooch from southern Scandinavia.

Post-medieval pilgrim pendant (YORYM-7CE642): a jet pendant representing pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Post-medieval coin (CAM-517A84): a Chinese coin of the Kangxi reign, minted in Zhejiang.

Post-medieval coin (IOW-8596C9): a 3-Falus coin of Muhammad IV of Morocco.

Medieval coin (SWYOR-4A74F1): a 2 Gani coin of the Sultans of Delhi, India.

Medieval coin brooch (NMS-F0E038): an Italian silver grosso from Bergamo that has been turned into an annular brooch.