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

Congratulations Carl and Matt!

Congratulations to two numismatists and PAS volunteers Carl Savage and Matt Ball!! Both Carl and Matt have been awarded Chester Archaeological Society’s grant supporting the study of PAS finds from Cheshire. Chester Archaeological Society wish to encourage the study and publication of objects (or groups/types of object) reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Cheshire and …more

The Pool Hoard continued (part 2)

As the Poole Hoard, Treasure case 2016 T325, undergoes conservation at the British Museum some issues have been coming to light. Soft patches of copper alloy due to the corrosive soil conditions have resulted in pitting on some coins. Here you can see that Roma has lost her nose and Licinius II is having difficulties …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

The Poole Hoard 2016 T325

The Poole hoard was discovered on the 18th of April 2016 in the parish of Poole, Cheshire East. After reporting the discovery to me at the Museum of Liverpool (MOL) myself and MOL archaeologist Dr Mark Adams went out to investigate the site. The hoard had been discovered in plough soil and many of the …more

Processing finds for PAS

Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Finds Liaison Officer, Vanessa Oakden, photographing finds and editing the images; producing clear images to be uploaded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) database. What has been particularly interesting is the amount of strange and wonderful objects I’ve had the opportunity to handle – ranging …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