Find In Focus: Post-Medieval silver hawking vervel

This silver Post-Medieval hawking vervel was reported as Treasure in 2012 after being discovered by a metal detectorist near Sutton upon Derwent in the East Riding of Yorkshire. YORYM-7576F7 Hawking was a favourite form of hunting for centuries in England and was at its most popular in the seventeenth century. Trained birds of prey were …more

Find In Focus: Medieval Limoges Mount

Medieval objects are the second most commonly recorded objects on the PAS database. They account for 23% of the data set behind Roman material which covers a huge 40%. The bulk of this material is made up of the more common finds, such as individual coins, buckles, brooches and vessel sherds. Percentage finds per period recorded …more

Pilgrims and Covenanters: expanding on updated coin records

In his recent post on these pages, SWYOR colleague Andy Benbow discussed the challenges presented to PAS volunteers working from home during lockdown. He highlighted that with few finds coming in, the period provided an opportunity to prioritise ‘housekeeping’ tasks (Databasing During Lockdown, 2020). One of my tasks has been revisiting and updating Medieval and …more

Hooked on Fasteners? A Question of Terminology

Keeping the records on the PAS database in step with the most recent advances in research and approved terminology is a constant and time-consuming task. In this blog post, SWYOR volunteer Joan Tozer describes the work she has been doing to update one group of objects: hooked tags and other associated fasteners. Background The PAS …more

The Bedale Hoard

YORYM-CEE620 Last week saw the 8th anniversary of the discovery of the Bedale Hoard. So what better time to revisit it. This fantastic hoard of silver and gold objects was an exciting find representing the most northerly assemblage of Viking material from the region. It was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum after being reported as …more

Eighteenth Century Coin Weights and Counterfeit Coins

Earlier in 2020, the South and West Yorkshire PAS office recorded an interesting coin weight, SWYOR-80FFA8, which was probably made locally in Sheffield. In this blog, SWYOR volunteer Diane Gourley looks into the history and local connections to the manufacture of this object in a little more depth. SWYOR-80FFA8: a lightweight half guinea coin weight …more

Find In Focus: Medieval Seal Matrix

Seal matrices were used to make an impression on a wax seal as a means of authenticating a document or, more practically, to keep it closed. There are over 7,500 seal matrices recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The earliest of these is from the Early-Medieval period (Fig 1) though these are rare. Over 6,000 …more

A Seventeenth Century Trade Token from Leeds

PAS Volunteer Andy Benbow helps in the South and West Yorkshire office as one of the SWYOR volunteers. He found identifying the seventeenth century trade token recorded as SWYOR-93C56E fascinating, and in this blog, he explains what he discovered about tokens. Augmented sketch combining the visible features of several examples of this trade token. Copyright: …more

Thin up North? (Guest post by Rob Webley)

Introduction Working with Portable Antiquities Scheme data always throws up little puzzles.  By grappling with them together we can hopefully advance knowledge, however gradually.  I am a medievalist working in the south of the country, and was therefore struck by a particular strap-end type whose findspots seemed to cluster in the North (though I was …more

A Medieval Heraldic Harness Fitting from Yorkshire

This colourful find, a medieval heraldic harness fitting dating from c. 1250-1400, caught our attention in the South and West Yorkshire office. The finder, Ian Cushnie, kindly provided his own research in identifying the family whose arms it depicted. Building on that research, this post by Graham Rawson (PAS volunteer, SWYOR) seeks to give some …more