We’re back! And in this issue we find out what the FLO has been up to during lockdown, have a look at some of the great recently recorded finds and some which have been recently updated. We also have a great guide on photographing your finds when you want to send images to the FLO. As well as important information on future recording.
Hello Kent Finders!
As we are all aware Covid-19 and the restrictions to counter the virus are heavily restricting how we can all operate. Here at the PAS in Kent this is no different. Withimmediate effect we will not be able to meet finders, attend meetings or return finds as we’ve been asked to work at home.
In the meantime, regarding treasure we will work as we did during Christmas and holiday periods. Let the FLO know with an image, the findspot, date of find and the contact details (including email where possible) for you and your landowner.
For the duration of the period of isolation we’d still like to keep things ticking over with easy to record objects like coins, tokens and jettons. So, for these nice flat objects if you can get us a nice clear image with a scale, the findspot, diameter and weight we can do records like this until we can begin taking records in again.For all other finds and finds return please bear with us and when we can get back to meeting people, we will reinstitute finds surgeries with Maidstone continuing on the 2nd Thursday of the month and all other surgeries in the following order: Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Hythe, Tonbridge, Margate Ashford Dartford and Dover.
In the meantime, the FLO will be working through treasure backlogs, self-recorded records and sorting out plans for the rest of the year, how to manage club visits in the future and a new full Kent finds with first in our new series of near and far.
We apologise for this; hope you will understand and wish all our friends a safe few months.
See you on the other side.Jo and the PAS in Kent team. March 18th 2020
Hello Kent Finders!
Unfortunately not a full Kent_Finds until end of the month as the FLO is on holiday! However some important information we need to pass on. First we have the proposed schedule for the next three months which is below!
25th Hythe Library 1-6pm
9th Maidstone Library (Kent History and Library Centre) 1-6pm
16th Margate Library (Margate Gateway) 1-6pm
23rd Tonbridge Library, 3-6pm
30th Ashford Library (Gateway) 1-6pm
13th Maidstone Library (Kent history and Library Centre) 1-6pm
20th Dartford Library 3-6pm
27th Dover Discovery centre 1-6pm
The second point is, as many of you know we’ve been considering a finds hiatus. We’ve now decided to bring this in, so between now and the end of August we shall only be taking in Treasure cases or significant finds/important finds.
We’ve had to bring this in as we want to implement new systems for processing treasure, process the treasure cases currently in the system and clear a group amount of uncollected finds and treasure which needs to be emptied from the safe.
And finally I am sure everyone is aware we’ve seen a rise of illicit detecting across the country, whether this is on private permission, archaeological digs or scheduled monuments. Along with this some altercations between these people, legitimate detectorists, farmers and landowners have also occurred. This culminated over the weekend by a recent nighthawking incident in Yorkshire which left two farmers in a serious condition in hospital. As always be careful with talking with these people.
The advice is always let the landowner know if they don’t already, call the police on 999 should they still be on the field and or they become hostile. Always try and do this in a safe place. Also let the FLO the details along with the crime number so they can chase it up. If you don’t want to go to the police yourself with evidence please pass it onto me and I can pursue it with the police. Number plates and photography is important here if you can get them.
If anyone has questions about any of the above please get in contact with the FLO and they will do their best to get back to you on their return.
See everyone in a few weeks with the next issue of Kent_Finds
finders, find specialists and everyone else interested in the archaeological finds of Kent. In this issue you will find the Kent Find Liaison Officer’s schedule for the next quarter, a selection of stunning finds to round up 2018 and the next instalment of Kent is Wyrd where we take a look at the Anglo– Saxon finds which help give Kent a unique archaeological personality.
In our third article of our ‘Kent is Wyrd’ series Kent FLO, Jo Ahmet, discusses the iconic garnet jewellery of early Anglo-Saxon Kent and how it fits in the story of the county and the rise of the Early-Medieval Kingdoms.
In our second article of our ‘Kent is Wyrd’ series Kent numismatist, David Holman, explores the unique place Kent has in the Iron Age
Welcome finders, find specialists and everyone else interested in the archaeological finds of Kent. In this issue you will find the Kent Find Liaison Officer’s schedule for the next quarter, a selection of recent stunning finds and our next instalment of Kent is Wyrd where we take a look at the artefacts and finds which help give Kent a unique archaeological personality.
Welcome finders, find specialists and everyone else interested in the archaeological finds of Kent. In this issue you will find the Kent Find Liaison Officer’s schedule for the next quarter, info on new projects starting in Kent, a selection of finds from the last quarter and the first of a three part series, Kent is Wyrd’, where we take a look at what artefacts make Kent, Kent
In this first of a series of blog posts on what makes Kent, well Kent, Dr. Sophie Adams talks Bronze Age Hoards in Kent and new discoveries being made thanks to finds reported to the PAS and through the Treasure Act 1996.
Adams, S. 2016. Boughton Malherbe Bronze Age Hoard. Kent Archaeological Society Magazine. Issue 104. 14-16.
Adams, S. 2017. The Contents and Context of the Boughton Malherbe Late Bronze Age Hoard. Archaeologia Cantiana, 138. 37-64.
Parfitt, K. 2017. Bronze Age Hoards from the Lees Court Estate. Kent Archaeological Society Magazine. Issue 107. 38-39.
Webley, L. and Adams, S. 2016. Material genealogies: bronze moulds and their castings in Later Bronze Age Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 82. 323-340
Welcome! To Kent Finds, the new newsletter for the PAS and finds in Kent. Every three months we will see where the FLO is going to be around the county, finds highlights and articles about new discoveries and what makes Kent, ‘Kent’ on the PAS database.