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The Essex county page will provide you with all the necessary information you need to start your journey into Essex’s past. There will be regular posts about interesting finds and current research across the county, as well as adverts for volunteering opportunities and upcoming events.

This county’s rich history is constantly being reinterpreted thanks to the wealth of information the PAS database provides. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with our work in Essex, whether that is helping to record the finds that come in or to conduct research of your own. Contact us to learn more about volunteering for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

An example of one of the many incredible objects found in Essex and recorded with the PAS is this Early Medieval gold finger ring (2012 T89, ESS-FA05C2). Essex is renowned for its Iron Age and Roman history, but finds like this tell us a great deal about other eras in Essex’s past. This ring would have belonged to an Anglo-Saxon man or woman living in Essex during a particularly turbulent part of the nation’s history. It is quite possible the ring was lost (or buried) during one of the many Viking raids that took place up and down the country in the 10th century AD. This ring is currently in the collections of Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.

2012 T89 - Early Medieval gold ring. Copyright: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service. License: CC-BY
2012 T89 – Early Medieval gold ring. Copyright: Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service. License: CC-BY

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