Ceramics (including the Pottery Guide)

The PAS has produced a guide to the recording of pottery vessels which can be downloaded as a pdf here: PAS Pottery Recording Guide. Other ceramic items (clay pipes, ceramic lamps and moulds, kiln furniture and so on) are briefly noted towards the end of the Pottery Recording Guide, with recommendations as to the object …more

Unidentified Objects (2001 guide)

Please note that this guide has not been fundamentally changed from the original print version of the Finds Recording Guide (Geake 2001), written when the database contained just 8,800 non-numismatic records. PAS object type to be used If you don’t know what an object (or fragment) is, use UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT. It is often tempting to …more


Introduction A finger-ring is a circular object worn on the finger, usually just as an ornament. It can be a complete circle or penannular (with open ends); it can be a plain hoop, or have a bezel. Finger-ring designs can be simple and conservative, and so unstratified examples can be very hard to date. PAS …more


Introduction Pins are long slender objects, normally tapering or pointed, with an expanded head at one end.  They can be made from a variety of materials, most often metal or bone. They have multiple functions, including as dress fasteners, hair accessories and sewing tools. PAS object type(s) to be used There are a number of …more