PAS at the Festival of British Archaeology 2015

Three children rummage in the finds tray on a PAS stall
Children explore a finds tray on a PAS stall. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme. Licence: CC-BY.

This summer sees the Council for British Archaeology celebrate their twenty-fifth annual Festival of Archaeology. Hundreds of archaeological events and activities will take place during the fortnight of Saturday 11th – Sunday 26th July 2015.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has long been involved in supporting and running events during the Festival such as display stalls, handling sessions, talks and children’s activities during visitor open days at excavations and heritage sites. Many of our Finds Liaison Officers also hold extra finds identification sessions (finds days or finds surgeries) at local museums, giving members of the public the chance to bring along archaeological objects and coins to be identified and recorded on to the PAS database.

Keep an eye out for one of our Finds Liaison Officers at events taking place up and down the country this month. Regional summaries of what you can see and do with PAS staff as part of the Festival will be posted on the Scheme’s main News and Events feed.

A Finds Liaison Officer identifies small finds for members of the public on a stall at a village fair
Frank Basford, the Isle of Wight FLO, at the Shorwell village fair. Copyright: Portable Antiquities Scheme. Licence: CC-BY.