PAS 15 – Halloween 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 Halloween:

Image of seven archaeological finds related to Halloween.
A selection of finds 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.