Keys

Introduction This guide is to keys for locking and unlocking locks and padlocks. Locks and keys are symbolic of personal property, control and exclusion, so they are interesting items to record and study. Most of the keys recorded on the PAS database are made from copper alloy, but most excavated keys (and probably most keys …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

Swivels (2001 guide)

Introduction 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. These are medieval or later objects formed of generally D-shaped loops; many have an integral bolt and the other, counterpart loop, has a …more

Hooked Tags and Other Dress Hooks and Eyes

Introduction Read 2008 is the main source, and covers hooked fasteners of every type and period. Read has a comprehensive classification for hooked tags and other dress hooks, but unfortunately the classifications for several different objects all start at class A, type 1. How we resolve this and quote a searchable Read classification is not …more