PAS 15 – Christmas 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 Christmas:

Image of seven archaeological finds relating to Christmas.
A selection of finds on the theme of Christmas (Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme, Licence: CC-BY).

Post-medieval reliquary (ESS-2C4836): A gold reliquary pendant bearing the names of the Magi, or Three Wise Men.

Medieval finger ring (PAS-D077FE): A gold finger ring with various religious scenes on each bezel, including the Nativity.

Modern clay pipe (LIN-E723F8): A clay pipe bowl in the shape of the head of St. Nicholas.

Post-medieval bell (LANCUM-B13680): A lead or tin alloy clapper bell from an animal harness.

Medieval harness pendant (SF5207): A copper alloy and enamelled harness pendant with a stag’s head.

Medieval pendant (PAS-89FB5E): A gold pendant showing Thomas Becket on one side and the Annunciation on the other.

Bronze Age gold rings (PAS-833958): Five gold pennanular rings.