Researching Roman Dividers

This blog was written by Elizabeth Foulds and originally appeared on https://fouldsartefactspecialist.com on 2 October 2020. It has been re-posted with the author’s permission.  For the last twelve months I was lucky enough to work as an Assistant Finds Liaison Officer in the Durham Portable Antiquities Scheme office. This was a part-time role supported by …more

Posy Ring to Pew: social mobility and parish traditions in 18th Century Durham.

A Posy finger ring dating to the post-medieval period (c.AD1751-85) – DUR-E8D2A1 The biographies of all the objects we record, the way they moved through landscapes in the past via trade, transactions, personal journeys, is fascinating and usually enigmatic. In most cases we know little of the people that owned the objects, how they came …more

UNUSUAL DRAGONESQUE BROOCH

In her 9th April 2018 blog, Lauren Speed chose to highlight finds from Durham as part of the 15th year of PAS celebrations. One of the finds she chose was an unusual Roman Dragonesque-type brooch (DUR-6AD3ED). The beautiful, enamelled plate brooch is an abstract zoomorphic form with turned-in heads at each end. Unfortunately, one of …more