PAS 15 – Finds from the Isle of Wight

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 from the Isle of Wight:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds discovered in the Isle of Wight.
A selection of finds from the Isle of Wight.

 

Roman brooch (IOW-328907): a copper alloy trumpet derivative fan-tailed bow brooch.

Post-medieval buckle (IOW-A81608): a copper alloy buckle plate in the shape of a stylised bird.

Medieval vessel terminal (IOW-3C28AD): a copper alloy handle terminal in the shape of a dog’s head.

Medieval seal matrix (IOW-9975D3): a copper alloy seal matrix depicting a monkey riding a donkey with an owl perched on his arm, in parody of a noble falconer.

Early Medieval coin (IOW-400C41): an Anglo Saxon silver sceat with pecking bird obverse.

Iron Age vessel mount (IOW-341935): a copper alloy vessel mount in the shape of a cow or bull’s head.

Post-medieval belt hook (IOW-5FAA24): a copper alloy belt hook with swan headed terminals.

 

 

 

 

 

PAS 15: Finds from Hertfordshire

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 from Hertfordshire:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds found in Hertfordshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Hertfordshire.

 

Post-medieval winder (PUBLIC-85533D): a copper alloy winding key for an 18th century pocket-watch.

Early Medieval strap end (BH-826023): a copper alloy strap end in the Trewhiddle style.

Roman brooch (BH-97F4D9): a Roman copper alloy brooch with enamel inlay.

Medieval strap fitting (BH-627766): a copper alloy swivel strap fitting.

Roman figurine (BH-ED9F44): a copper alloy figurine of Minerva-Fortuna.

Roman finger ring (BUC-98E045): a silver Roman finger ring inscribed with a palm leaf.

Post-medieval vessel (ESS-60836C): a 16th/17th century Bartmann or Bellarmine vessel.

PAS 15 – Finds from Herefordshire

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 from Herefordshire:

Image of seven archaeological finds found in Herefordshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Herefordshire.

 

Bronze Age hoard (HESH-802833): a hoard of Late Bronze Age socketed axeheads.

Roman stylus (HESH-BDE457): a copper alloy stylus of early Roman date.

Post-medieval vervel (HESH-A49557): an enamelled silver pendant with a lion rampant and the owner’s name on the reverse.

Medieval finger ring (NMGW-F7CBA4): a silver finger ring with cross decoration.

Medieval buckle (HESH-6B3556): a copper alloy buckle of later Medieval date.

Post-medieval coin (GLO-F121CB): a silver shilling of Edward VI.

Palaeolithic axehead (LVPL-8B9CEA): an unpolished flint axehead of Scandinavian type.

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Hampshire

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 from Hampshire:

 

Image of 7 archaeological finds found in Hampshire.
A selection of finds from the county of Hampshire.

 

Palaeolithic handaxe (HAMP-95A6F1): a flint handaxe from the Lower Palaeolithic period.

Palaeolithic handaxe (HAMP-109FAC): a flint handaxe from the Lower Palaeolithic period.

Roman spoon (HAMP-5259B5): a copper alloy spoon bowl from a Roman spoon.

Bronze Age axehead (HAMP-291EB7): a copper alloy flat axehead

Medieval harness pendant (HAMP-1B27B5): a copper alloy harness pendant with lion’s head decoration.

Early Medieval escutcheon (BERK-14BC37): a copper alloy hanging bowl escutcheon.

Medieval mount (HAMP-7FC033): a copper alloy decorative mount of unknown purpose.

PAS 15 – Finds from Gloucestershire

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 from Gloucestershire:

Image of 7 archaeological finds found in Gloucestershire.
A selection of finds from the county of Gloucestershire.

 

Post-medieval cloth seal (GLO-BE1C08): a lead cloth seal with shield of St. George and ‘GLOSTERS’ inscription.

Post-medieval sword belt hanger (WAW-D59E36): a copper alloy belt hook with foliage decoration.

Roman brooch (LANCUM-A46319): an early Hod Hill copper alloy brooch.

Roman finger ring (GLO-30DC46): a silver Roman ring stamped with a human head and shoulders facing right.

Medieval book clasp (GLO-5B1D88): a copper alloy decorated book clasp.

Dice of unknown date (GLO-668EA1): a lead dice with non-standard layout.

Medieval pilgrim badge (GLO-756B25): a lead pilgrim badge depicting St. Rocco (or Roche).

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Essex

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 from Essex:

 

Image of seven archaeological finds found in Essex.
A selection of finds from the county of Essex.

 

Post-medieval seal matrix (ESS-3BF212): a silver seal matrix depicting a 3-masted ship.

Medieval mount (ESS-7644A5): a gilded copper alloy decorative mount depicting a griffin.

Roman Samian ware sherd (ESS-6A0AED): a base of a Samian ware bowl stamped with ‘AMBITOV’.

Post-medieval dress pin (ESS-DDB4A7): a silver dress pin with ear scoop terminal.

Roman brooch (ESS-593DC4): silver Roman brooch in the shape of a dolphin.

Mesolithic lithic core (ESS-31EEBE): a lithic core c.10,000-4011BC.

Early Medieval terminal (SUR-0C90A0): a zoomorphic copper alloy strap-end or similar.

PAS 15 – Easter 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 that have an Easter theme (some more tenuous than others!):

 

Image of 7 finds related to Easter.
A selection of finds with an Easter connection.

 

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.

PAS 15 – Finds from Durham

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 from Durham:

 

Image of 7 finds found in the county of Durham.
A selection of finds from the county of Durham.

 

Roman plate brooch (DUR-6AD3ED): a copper alloy brooch with enamel decoration of the ‘Dragonesque’ type.

Mesolithic debitage (DUR-0539D6): a series of flint flakes and production rejects dating to 9000-3450BC.

Medieval brooch (DUR-876052): a silver-gilt annular brooch with heraldic decorations.

Modern military badge (DUR-39434D): tin cap badge of the Light Infantry Regiment.

Anglo-Saxon scabbard mount (DUR-BA5975): a silver mount with gilding and garnet decoration.

Iron Age strap fitting (FAKL-19312B): a copper alloy strap fitting with enamel and glass decoration.

Medieval macehead (DUR-B9D6B8): a copper alloy macehead dating to AD1250-1400.

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Dorset

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 from Dorset:

An image of seven finds found in the county of Dorset
A selection of finds from the county of Dorset.

 

Post-medieval fire mark (DOR-8DC465): a lead fire mark of the Royal Exchange Assurance.

Palaeolithic handaxe (DOR-A494A4): a flint handaxe, c.800,000-250,000BC.

Bronze Age spearhead (DOR-DC23F5): a copper alloy socketed, side-looped spearhead.

Early Medieval strap end (DEV-264F62): a copper alloy strap end decorated in the Winchester style with two intertwined beasts.

Roman nail cleaner (HAMP-2414E0): a copper alloy nail cleaner with ring-and-dot decoration.

Roman plate brooch (DOR-2B47AB): a copper alloy enamelled plate brooch in the shape of a bird.

Medieval seal matrix (DOR-0C049B): a copper alloy seal matrix depicting York Minster.

 

 

 

 

PAS 15 – Finds from Devon

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 from Devon:

Image of 7 archaeological finds from Devon.
A selection of finds from the county of Devon.

 

Post-medieval pot sherd (DEV-21E190): a fragment of North Devon sgraffito ware.

Medieval finger ring (DEV-F85BB4): a copper alloy seal matrix finger ring.

Medieval harness pendant (DEV-C6D8F7): a copper alloy horse harness pendant inlaid with enamel.

Medieval papal bulla (SOM-B5A674): a lead papal bulla of Pope Urban VI.

Post-medieval cloth seal (SOM-4AEAFC): a lead cloth seal with ‘Somerset’ inscribed on it.

Medieval groat (DEV-CD9553): a silver groat of Richard III.

Roman figurine (DEV-D8DC28): a copper alloy figurine of the Roman god Mars.