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Here you will find information and guidance on how to record objects on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database at These guides are intended to be used once you know what an object is, to ensure that objects and object parts are named properly.

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    • Silver medieval brooch with pair of dragons (BH-A55524)


    Fabulous beasts are found on many types of object. They are not common in the early-medieval world, but develop in the medieval period when they are also found in bestiaries (books with descriptions and pictures of real and mythical beasts). They also occur in Greek and Roman myths, and are much used in heraldry. Here is a list of …more



    • Candle-snuffer (LON-90E575)


    When complete, wick-trimmers are shaped like a pair of scissors with the base and sides of a box attached to one blade, and a flat cover for the box attached to the other. The scissors are to trim a candle’s wick, and the box is for collecting the remains (the ‘snuff’). If a candle’s wick …more