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!):
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.