Meet the Volunteer: Elliot

Tell us about yourself: I’m Elliot Carey, I’m from Wolverhampton, and I’m just finishing off an undergraduate chemistry degree from the University of Nottingham. I’m then hoping to go on to study a postgraduate masters in archaeology to apply scientific analysis techniques to archaeological finds. What does your role involve? My role involves identifying and …more

Nottinghamshire Unearthed

Anglo-Saxon Sword mount in the shape of a boar's head (DENO-92C3BB).

A new exhibition of PAS finds from Nottinghamshire has just gone on display at the University of Nottingham Museum. The exhibition showcases a range of objects from across the county and demonstrates the public’s contribution to our understanding of Nottinghamshire’s past. The objects include Treasure items that have been acquired by local museums, as well …more

Meet the Finds Liaison Assistant: Phil Hughes

ell us about yourself. I am the Finds Liaison Assistant for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, having started this role in December 2017. I am assisting Alastair Willis, the Finds Liaison Officer for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, for three days per week for six months on a placement as part of my doctoral research being undertaken at the …more

Meet the Volunteers: Gary

Tell us about yourself: I am a PhD student within the University of Nottingham’s department of Classics. My research examines the reception of the ancient world in early America and my thesis focuses on how the ancient world was portrayed in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American theatre. What does your role involve? I examine, identify, …more

Meet the Volunteers: Taylor

Tell us about yourself: I am currently a History MA student at the University of Nottingham. My area of study is the late Middle Ages, and my  dissertation focuses on the differences and similarities between Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV, and Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI. What does your role …more

The military, murder and misplaced trust: Elagabalus and the Roman Army

Denarius of Elagabalus

The record (SWYOR-3CD872) shows a denarius of Elagabalus, issued in Rome in probably AD 222 (BMC 73). The obverse shows the emperor, crowned with a laurel wreath and wearing a cuirass and paludamentum, and is identified by his abbreviated title IMP ANTONINVS AVG (Imperator Antoninus Augustus). The reverse depicts Fides, the personification of good faith …more

International Women’s Day – The Women Who Ruled Rome

A silver denarius of Julia Domna from Langford, Nottinghamshire

Although the main posts of office typically fell to men, women were no mere bystanders in the political quagmire of the Roman Empire. Many women held positions of influence and power, gained – as with many men – through advantageous marriages, familial ties or wealth. Some women even ruled as de-facto rulers in the stead …more

Anja’s Norman Coin-quest!

Penny of William the Conqueror's 'canopy' type, issued early - mid-1070s. Moneyer Wulfwine at the mint of London.

My main area of historical interest is the medieval period, and my particular passion is coins. Volunteering with the PAS has given me the chance to examine and record some lovely medieval coins which have recently been discovered, and can now help add to our knowledge of the period. The database has also been a …more

Meet the Volunteers: Nina

Tell us about yourself: My name is Nina Charami and I am a PhD student at the Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham. My research focus is on Greek Classical archaeology and in my thesis I study the history and life of the communities (called the ‘perioikoi’) occupying the territory (Laconia) controlled by Sparta during the …more

Meet the FLA: Helen

Tell us about yourself. I am the Finds Liaison Assistant for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. I have been working with the PAS for three years and this is my second time working in Derby. I have been FLA since December 2016. What does your role involve? My role involves recording archaeological finds brought in by detectorists, …more