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 Halloween:
Post-medieval seal matrix (DENO-D3E954): A silver memento mori seal matrix depicting a skeleton.
Post-medieval pipe tamper (DENO-0C6CC4): A copper alloy pipe tamper inthe shape of a devil.
Fossil oyster shell (SWYOR-96E960): A fossilised oyster shell known as a Devil’s Toenail.
Post-medieval token (LON-F2C9F6): A copper alloy farthing trade token dating to 1657, picturing a skull.
Post-medieval knife handle (LVPL-BD94F3): A copper alloy knife handle with the inscription ‘Make you bleed’.
Post-medieval bottle (LIN-49FC12): A glass bottle and contents that may form a “witch bottle” (a countermagical object).
Post-medieval shoe (LANCUM-76D192): A leather child’s shoe found within a wall, probably placed there to ward off evil spirits.