PAS 15 – Finds from Gloucestershire

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 Gloucestershire:

Image of 7 archaeological finds found in Gloucestershire.
A selection of finds from the county of Gloucestershire.

 

Post-medieval cloth seal (GLO-BE1C08): a lead cloth seal with shield of St. George and ‘GLOSTERS’ inscription.

Post-medieval sword belt hanger (WAW-D59E36): a copper alloy belt hook with foliage decoration.

Roman brooch (LANCUM-A46319): an early Hod Hill copper alloy brooch.

Roman finger ring (GLO-30DC46): a silver Roman ring stamped with a human head and shoulders facing right.

Medieval book clasp (GLO-5B1D88): a copper alloy decorated book clasp.

Dice of unknown date (GLO-668EA1): a lead dice with non-standard layout.

Medieval pilgrim badge (GLO-756B25): a lead pilgrim badge depicting St. Rocco (or Roche).

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Essex

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 Essex:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds found in Essex.
A selection of finds from the county of Essex.

 

Post-medieval seal matrix (ESS-3BF212): a silver seal matrix depicting a 3-masted ship.

Medieval mount (ESS-7644A5): a gilded copper alloy decorative mount depicting a griffin.

Roman Samian ware sherd (ESS-6A0AED): a base of a Samian ware bowl stamped with ‘AMBITOV’.

Post-medieval dress pin (ESS-DDB4A7): a silver dress pin with ear scoop terminal.

Roman brooch (ESS-593DC4): silver Roman brooch in the shape of a dolphin.

Mesolithic lithic core (ESS-31EEBE): a lithic core c.10,000-4011BC.

Early Medieval terminal (SUR-0C90A0): a zoomorphic copper alloy strap-end or similar.

PAS 15 – Easter 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 that have an Easter theme (some more tenuous than others!):

 

Image of 7 finds related to Easter.
A selection of finds with an Easter connection.

 

Roman steelyard weight (SWYOR-364F05): a lead steelyard weight that is shaped like an egg.

Medieval crucifix pendant (GLO-75E0F0): a silver-gilt pendant of Christ on the cross, flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist.

Medieval seal matrix (IHS-0BA4C2): a copper alloy seal matrix depicting an angel at Christ’s empty tomb on Easter Sunday.

Post-medieval openwork vessel (LON-98D9E2): a lead alloy openwork vessel in the shape of a basket (for all your Easter eggs – tenuous link, we know!)

Roman brooch (HESH-D810F8): a copper alloy plate brooch in the shape of a rabbit or hare.

Roman aureus of Tiberius (HAMP-CC27E5): a gold aureus of Tiberius who was emperor at the time of Jesus’s death.

Medieval seal matrix (BUC-6E6D40): silver seal matrix depicting Agnus Dei, or the Lamb of God.

PAS 15 – Finds from Durham

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 Durham:

 

Image of 7 finds found in the county of Durham.
A selection of finds from the county of Durham.

 

Roman plate brooch (DUR-6AD3ED): a copper alloy brooch with enamel decoration of the ‘Dragonesque’ type.

Mesolithic debitage (DUR-0539D6): a series of flint flakes and production rejects dating to 9000-3450BC.

Medieval brooch (DUR-876052): a silver-gilt annular brooch with heraldic decorations.

Modern military badge (DUR-39434D): tin cap badge of the Light Infantry Regiment.

Anglo-Saxon scabbard mount (DUR-BA5975): a silver mount with gilding and garnet decoration.

Iron Age strap fitting (FAKL-19312B): a copper alloy strap fitting with enamel and glass decoration.

Medieval macehead (DUR-B9D6B8): a copper alloy macehead dating to AD1250-1400.

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Dorset

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 Dorset:

An image of seven finds found in the county of Dorset
A selection of finds from the county of Dorset.

 

Post-medieval fire mark (DOR-8DC465): a lead fire mark of the Royal Exchange Assurance.

Palaeolithic handaxe (DOR-A494A4): a flint handaxe, c.800,000-250,000BC.

Bronze Age spearhead (DOR-DC23F5): a copper alloy socketed, side-looped spearhead.

Early Medieval strap end (DEV-264F62): a copper alloy strap end decorated in the Winchester style with two intertwined beasts.

Roman nail cleaner (HAMP-2414E0): a copper alloy nail cleaner with ring-and-dot decoration.

Roman plate brooch (DOR-2B47AB): a copper alloy enamelled plate brooch in the shape of a bird.

Medieval seal matrix (DOR-0C049B): a copper alloy seal matrix depicting York Minster.

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Devon

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 Devon:

Image of 7 archaeological finds from Devon.
A selection of finds from the county of Devon.

 

Post-medieval pot sherd (DEV-21E190): a fragment of North Devon sgraffito ware.

Medieval finger ring (DEV-F85BB4): a copper alloy seal matrix finger ring.

Medieval harness pendant (DEV-C6D8F7): a copper alloy horse harness pendant inlaid with enamel.

Medieval papal bulla (SOM-B5A674): a lead papal bulla of Pope Urban VI.

Post-medieval cloth seal (SOM-4AEAFC): a lead cloth seal with ‘Somerset’ inscribed on it.

Medieval groat (DEV-CD9553): a silver groat of Richard III.

Roman figurine (DEV-D8DC28): a copper alloy figurine of the Roman god Mars.

PAS 15 – Finds from Derbyshire

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 Derbyshire:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds founds in Derbyshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Derbyshire.

 

Roman disc brooch (DENO-836848): a copper alloy enamelled disc brooch dated AD100-200.

Neolithic axehead (DENO-60CCE4): a polished flint axehead dated c.4000-2200BC.

Post-medieval coin hoard (DENO-BBE206): a hoard of counter-marked silver coins, or ‘Cromford Dollars’.

Medieval finger ring (DENO-5C5DD3): a gold finger ring with turquoise gemstone.

Post-medieval token (PUBLIC-F6B035): a copper alloy 19th century token for ‘Hall and Allan’ merchants.

Late Medieval crucifix (SWYOR-132DB2): a silver crucifix depicting Christ on the cross on one side and the ‘Arma Christi’ on the reverse.

Medieval mirror case (DENO-2F6FC6): one half of a copper alloy mirror case with enamel decoration.

PAS 15 – Finds from Cumbria

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 Cumbria:

 

Image of a 7 archaeological finds from Cumbria
A selection of finds from the county of Cumbria.

 

Roman denarius (LANCUM-3B51FE): a silver denarius of Hadrian, dated AD117-138.

Early medieval drinking horn terminal (LANCUM-E89D32): a lion-headed silver terminal from an Early medieval drinking horn dating to the 10th or 11th century AD.

A medieval oil flask (LANCUM-B60611): a copper alloy flask from the Medieval period, probably used for holding Holy oil.

Roman bead (LANCUM-517458): a blue glass ‘Melon’ bead dating to the Roman period.

Viking silver hoard (LANCUM-FA14C8): a hoard of silver ingots and jewellery fragments, c. AD850-950.

Roman buckle (LANCUM-123688): a copper alloy buckle of the type used on Roman military sword belts.

Iron Age socketed axehead (LANCUM-3F7550): a decorated copper alloy socketed axehead dating to the Early Iron Age (800-600BC).

PAS 15 – Finds from Cornwall

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 Cornwall:

Image of 7 finds. Top row left to right: a gunpowder flask nozzle, a flint arrowhead. Middle row left to right: a circular trade token, a circular coin weight, a silver coin of Elizabeth I. Bottom row left to right: a silver coin of the Commonwealth, a gold ring with white enamel lettering.
A selection of finds from the county of Cornwall.

 

Post-medieval powder flask nozzle (CORN-CD0ED1): a 17th century lead powder flask nozzle.

Neolithic arrowhead (CORN-53A46D): a flint barbed and tanged arrowhead from the Beaker period (c.2500-1500BC).

Post-medieval trade token (CORN-B5A0B8): a 17th century copper alloy trade token farthing issued by John Blunt of Penzance.

Post-medieval coin weight (PUBLIC-E862B2): a copper alloy coin weight for a gold Louis d’Or of Louis XIV of France.

Post-medieval silver coin (CORN-4C60B4): a silver threepence of Elizabeth I dated 1574.

Post-medieval silver coin (CORN-44FD52): a silver halfgroat of the Commonwealth, 1649-1660.

Medieval finger ring (CORN-5482E1): a 15th century gold finger ring with French inscription inlaid with white enamel.

 

PAS 15 – Valentines 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 for Valentine’s week:

 

Image of 7 finds that have a link to Valentine's Day. Top row left to right: a bent silver coin; a silver cufflink with 2 hearts on it; a heart-shaped silver locket. Middle row: 4 views of a copper alloy Cupid figurine. Bottom row left to right: a gold brooch in the outline shape of a heart; 2 views of a silver coin with Roman emperor on front and image of Venus on reverse; a gold ring with an inscription on the internal face.
A selection of finds linked to love and marriage for Valentine’s Day

 

Medieval brooch (NARC-0B6A9E): a gold medieval brooch in the shape of an asymmetrical heart.

A bent Post-medieval sixpence (PUBLIC-50E096): a silver sixpence of William III which has been smoothed and bent into a love token.

A Post-medieval locket (DENO-FA82E5): a Post-medieval silver locket in the shape of a heart, with a cherub.

A Post-medieval fidelity ring (NMGW-19DF6E): a Post-medieval silver gilt fidelity ring with the inscription ‘I like my chois’ on the inner band.

A Roman denarius of Titus (FAKL-D6D8F6): a Roman silver denarius of Titus with the figure of Venus on the reverse.

A Post-medieval cuff-link (DUR-4B94C4): a Post-medieval silver cuff-link in commemoration of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza.

A Roman Cupid figurine (NCL-2C40A4): a Roman copper alloy figurine of Cupid.