Finds Days Are Back On!

Our new Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Heather Beeton, will begin hosting Finds Days this week. She’ll be at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral on Saturday 12th October 10:30-13:30. She will be hosting Finds Days at various other local museums across the region including the Museum of Liverpool, Manchester Museum, …more

New Finds Day at Nantwich Museum

Finds Liaison Officer for Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Ben Jones will be hosting a new Finds Day at Nantwich Museum. The finds day will run on a Saturday every three months from 10.00-1.00. Ben will be recording objects from Prehistory to 1700s which found in England or Wales. The first finds day at Nantwich …more

Cheshire’s Treasure

On this day 20 years ago the 1996 Treasure Act came into force. This important Act allows museums across the country to acquire Treasure items for their collection, curating them and protecting them for the nation. Items which are 10% or more precious metal and over 300 years old are officially ‘Treasure’. For coins, two …more

Martinian & Fausta emerge from the Poole Hoard (part 3)

Conservation and excavation of the Poole hoard is continuing, with work now on-going on the smaller clod. From this clod a rare coin has emerged, a nummus of Martinian who was the Roman emperor from July to September AD 324. Martinian is depicted on the obverse of the coin wearing a radiate crown and reads …more

I survived my first rally!

I’ve been really lucky to have been working with Vanessa for nearly 12 months as her Intern and over that period I feel like I have dealt with the whole range of PAS “jobs” – treasure cases, metal detector clubs, finds surgeries and photoshopping.  Vanessa thought it would be “good for me” to experience a …more

The Beeston Hoard 2016 T124

A hoard of 26 coins was discovered in the Beeston parish in early 2016 and was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The hoard consists of coins of Edward II (1307-27) Edward IV (1461-70, 1471-83), Henry VII (1485-1509) and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1467-77). The coins are all in good condition and one …more

Medieval Coins from Cheshire

My name is Carl Savage and I volunteer for the PAS by identifying medieval and post medieval coins. I work as a freelance field archaeologist and also a medieval and post medieval numismatist. This blog will focus on the medieval coin finds in Cheshire. Volunteering with the PAS is extremely useful for my research into …more

Finds from Home

Coming from Ireland but working in England I particularly enjoy when finds have a connection with home. The North West and Ireland have always had links and it should be of no surprise then when objects are handed in for recording which have been found in the North West with strong Irish parallels or links. …more

The Acton Hoard

The Acton Hoard was found at Acton, near Nantwich, in December 2014 by a local metal detectorist during a rally. It is a lovely little group of five silver denarii deposited within a lead cone shaped container with a lead disc stopper. The coins are all of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, dated AD 194–8. …more

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

There must be some truth in this old and well used adage because it is one of the oldest proverbial sayings in the English language and there are many citations of it; the earliest example in print is in John Fitzherbert’s ‘The Boke of Husbandry, 1534’, when even then it was regarded, “an old saying”. …more