Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands -part 2.

As well as hosting the travelling exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the legend’ (details below), Nottingham University is also hosting a complimentary exhibition.  ‘Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands’ highlights the Scandinavian presence in the East Midlands.    The exhibition focuses on the evidence for this, which includes artefacts recorded by the PAS. Voluntarily recorded objects are extremely …more

Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands-part 1.

As well as hosting the travelling exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the legend’ (details below), Nottingham University is also hosting a complimentary exhibition.  ‘Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands’ highlights the Scandinavian presence in the East Midlands.   The exhibition focuses on the evidence for this, which includes artefacts recorded by the PAS.   Voluntarily recorded objects are extremely …more

Treasure 20 The Scraptoft hoard – Treasure that isn’t Treasure

   The Scraptoft Hoard In this last post I wanted to flag up one of our treasures that does not currently qualify as Treasure, even though it’s a hoard! The Scraptoft hoard is an important assemblage of 11th century tools. Because it is not Prehistoric, this base metal hoard is not Treasure, but the information gleaned from …more

Treasure 20 – Festival of Archaeology events

During the ‘Festival of Archaeology’, 15th-30th July,  I will be at our museum sites promoting the work of the PAS,  talking about Treasure and giving visitors a chance to handle some  of our fabulous hoards for themselves!   Melton Museum  Saturday 15th July and Thursday 27th July 10-12 and 1.30-4 Come and handle coins from local Roman hoards, …more

Treasure 20 Harborough – Hallaton Hoard

       The Hallaton Hoard PAS-984616 In 2001 one of the most important archaeological finds of the Late Iron Age in Britain was discovered near Hallaton, Leicestershire. The find became known as the Hallaton Treasure and was excavated by a group of dedicated amateur archaeologists, the Hallaton Fieldwork Group and professionals from University of Leicester …more

Treasure 20 – Leicestershire objects make ‘Top Twenty Treasure’ vote

We are delighted that two of our most important Treasure cases have been chosen for the final top 20 Treasure cases, to be featured in the Sunday Telegraph. These have been selected from the many thousands of Treasure cases that have been discovered since the Treasure Act was implemented in September 1997. Readers will be asked to …more

The other Bosworth (part 4 -The horse and riders)

Some of our deposits could be associated with a god favoured by the military, especially the horse and rider plate brooches we were finding in large numbers. Before the survey started, we had 6 of these, already significant as the largest assemblage ever found was 8. By 2009 we had 73 ‘horse and rider’ brooches …more

The other Bosworth (part 2 – the coins)

Among the substantial assemblage of Roman material found by our dedicated volunteer detectorists was a large collection of Roman coins. By the end over 800 had been recovered,  I helped to identify what I could, but  I had to call in the cavalry in the form of PAS advisors Dr Sam Moorhead and Dr Philippa …more

A pair of stirrup strap mounts!

These objects are amongst my favourite things to record and are very interesting for several reasons. Firstly, a pair of stirrup mounts such as these, LEIC-8C54F0 and LEIC-8D1AC0,  are extremely rare finds. We only know of one other probable pair, BERK-2339E4 and BERK-230A90. It’s very difficult to accidently lose a pair of these mounts in …more

6000th Seal Matrix recorded by Leicestershire team

This record LEIC-1B1A3A of a Medieval lead seal matrix found in Grimston parish,  Melton, is the 6000th  matrix to be recorded nationally by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The matrix is unfinished which may be for several reasons. Two other matrices have also been found in the same field, so perhaps they have all been collected …more