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

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

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