New-look Finds Recording Guides go live!

Following user research carried out earlier this year, the Finds Recording Guides section of the County Pages website has been revamped to provide easier navigation and an improved user experience. The Finds Recording Guides are technical guides aimed at helping people record objects onto the PAS database. They contain a wealth of information on how …more

Shropshire County Pages launched!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Shropshire County Pages. Shropshire lies in The Marches – a rich and diverse landscape on the border between England and Wales. Explore thousands of years of history through finds from Shropshire recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. The Finds Liaison Officer for Shropshire is Peter Reavill who …more

New PAS Cymru website goes live!

The new website for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales (PAS Cymru) has launched. As well as providing a wealth of information about the Scheme in Wales and how to report your finds, you can also follow their fantastic blog and find out more about the Saving Treasures; Telling Stories project. Bendigedig!

Rutland County Pages launched!

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our Rutland County Pages. Rutland is our smallest county but it is packed with archaeology, from the Upper Palaeolithic hyena den to coin hoards from the civil war. Learn more about visiting Rutland’s heritage sites or explore archaeological finds from Rutland reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Wendy Scott …more

Gunpowder, treason and plot

It’s Bonfire Night tomorrow so we’ve uncovered 5 fabulous finds from the PAS database to help you remember, remember, the 5th November!   Silver Sixpence of James I (LEIC-0ED383) Dated 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, this is a particularly fine example of a James I sixpence. It has the Royal Coat of Arms …more

Devilish Discoveries and Frightening Finds

In the spirit of Halloween (pun intended), we’ve delved into the database for some of our more ‘spooky’ finds. From superstitious shoes to ghoulish jewellery, we’ve pulled together six of our best supernatural-themed items for your eerie enjoyment. Read on… if you dare!   PIPE TAMPER (DENO-OC6CC4)   Tampers like this one have a flat …more

Introducing Lauren Speed

Hello! Just thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Lauren and I am the new Outreach Officer for the PASt Explorers project. I’m based at the Central Unit in the British Museum but you’ll see plenty of me out and about at the training sessions and other outreach events! In the …more

20,000 Self-recorded Database Records

A landmark has been reached this week with the addition of the 20,000th record on the PAS database recorded under a PUBLIC- prefix.  The facility to record your own finds directly onto the PAS database has been around since March 2010, and to have reached this total in just over six years is remarkable. I …more

Launch of the Essex County Pages

Following the launch of the Cheshire County Pages last month we have another new County Pages site, this time from the East of England. The Essex County Pages have gone live today with a series of webpages about upcoming events, ways to get involved in archaeology and Portable Antiquities Schemes finds from the county. Our …more

Launch of the Cheshire County Pages

The second set of County Pages launches today with a new site dedicated to the archaeological finds and historical environment of Cheshire. Here you can find out more about forthcoming finds surgeries in the county and other events as they come up, search for artefacts and coins found in Cheshire and recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s …more