News from the Scheme

‘Show us yer artefacts!’

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Saturday 15th May 10am-12 and 1pm-3pm
At the Visitor Centre, Tyne Riverside Country Park

Do you have any artefacts found near the River Tyne at Newburn'

As part of the Battle of Newburn (1640) Project, Park Rangers Gillian Brown and Ken Watson would like to ask anyone who has any artefacts found in Newburn to bring them along to the Visitor Centre at Tyne Riverside Country Park.

A team of archaeological experts including the Finds Liaison Officer, the County Archaeologist and an Industrial Archaeologist will be on hand to identify the objects and if possible to plot their distributions on a map; this may help the Project team to pinpoint more accurately where the battle actually took place.

Even if you have no finds to bring, you can still come along, see a display of artefacts and find out more about how you can be involved in the Battle of Newburn Project. Don't forget to have a go at the 'Guess the weight of the cannonball' competition!!

This event is accessible to wheelchair users.

For further information, please contact Philippa Walton, Finds Liaison Officer or the Park Rangers, Gillian Brown and Ken Watson on 0191 2648501.

Finds Recording Days

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Faye Simpson, FLO for Lancashire and Cumbria, will be hosting the following finds days around the Counties:

Saturday, April 17th 10.30-4.00 The Beacon, Whitehaven

Saturday, June 5th 10.30-4.00 Lancashire Museum, Preston

Saturday, June 12th 10.30 - 4.00 Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

Saturday, July 17th 10.30-4.00 Kendal Museum.

She will be pleased to see you and your finds.

‘Treasure Chest’ Exhibition

Published: 17 years ago Author:

The National Council for Metal Detecting - Northwest Region will be holding its biennial 'Treasure Chest' exhibition at The Floral Hall, Southport on Saturday July 31st 2004. The event will include displays of finds from the metal detecting clubs in the region, competitions, sales and refreshments. Money raised will be donated to SUAG (Spinal Unit Action Group). Nick Herepath and Faye Simpson, the North West FLO's, will also be on hand providing an identification and recording service. 

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‘Treasure Chest’ Exhibition

Published: 17 years ago Author:

The National Council for Metal Detecting - Northwest Region will be holding its biennial 'Treasure Chest' exhibition at The Floral Hall, Southport on Saturday July 31st 2004. The event will include displays of finds from the metal detecting clubs in the region, competitions, sales and refreshments. Money raised will be donated to SUAG (Spinal Unit Action Group). Nick Herepath and Faye Simpson, the North West FLO's, will also be on hand providing an identification and recording service.

Forthcoming Events

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Saturday 20th March  Finds ID session at Museum of Canterbury, Stour Street, 11am-2.30pm.

Saturday 5th June       Finds ID session as part of the History and Archaeology Show at Maidstone Museum 10am-5pm.

Saturday 17th July       Finds ID session Minster-In-Sheppey Museum, 10am to 4pm.

Small But Significant - A New Saxon Coin from Buckinghamshire

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An interesting new silver halfpenny of Ceolwulf II (874-c.879) has been found near Pitstone and Ivinghoe, Bucks. As a halfpenny this is an important coin, and quite new. Halfpennies of Alfred of much the same period are well known, though not of this Cross-and-Lozenge issue, and none are recorded of his Merican contemporary, Ceolwulf. Unfortunately the coin is in a fragile condition, though the finder is to be congratulated in rescuing it from the plough soil as it is unlikely that it would have survived much longer.

Coelwulf pennyThe moneyer of the new coin is probably Eanred. This moneyer is known from a small fragment of a coin of King Ceolwulf but of a different type. The coin is probably of the London mint, which accounts for most of Ceolwulf's coins. The style of the bust has some similarities with other coins attributed to London, though the drapery it rather different (simpler, perhaps because the coin is smaller), and the reverse is very similar in form to London reverses. The moneyer is Eanred, known for Burgred 852-74.

The obverse shows a diademed robed male facing right and has the inscription: "C...L...LFREX" The reverse has a central cross, framed by a lozenge. Lines radiate from the corners of the lozenge to the edges of the coin. The inscription reads: 'EA NR [ED] MO' (moneta always follows the name).

For more information see: M. Blackburn and S Keynes, 'A corpus of the Cross-and-Lozenge and related coinages of Alfred, Ceolwulf II and Archbishop Æthelred', in Kings, Currency and Alliances, ed. Mark Blackburn and David Dunville (Boydell, Woodbridge, 1998), pp. 125-`50.

I am indebted to Mark Blackburn, Keeper of Coins & Medals at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, for his help in identifying and outlining the significance of this coin. Their Early Medieval Corpus database of British coin finds AD 410-1180 can be found at

Ros Tyrrell
FLO for Bucks

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Bronze Age Gold Hoard Discovered

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An exceptional hoard of fourteen artefacts of gold, bronze and pottery has recently been discovered by three metal detectorists in north east Wrexham. Dating to the Middle Bronze Age and buried over 3000 years ago, this hoard includes a torc and bracelet, a necklace pendant and a collection of beads and rings, all of gold. It was buried alongside two palstaves (kinds of axes) and a chisel, within a small pot, fragments of which were found in the ground alongside.

The twisted gold wire bracelet and the pendant, made of spiralled gold wire and forming a long bead shape, are unique within Britain. One or two similar objects have been found in north-western France. The variety of gold objects represented within this hoard makes this of key importance to our understanding gold working and adornment in Britain, between 1300-1100BC. The hoard was probably buried as a gift to the Gods by a well-connected and wealthy farming community.

The hoard is currently with the National Museums & Galleries of Wales where a written report is being prepared for a coroner's inquest to be held over coming months, in order to determine whether the hoard is treasure.

For further information please contact:
Julie Richards, Press Officer
 National Museum & Gallery
Direct line: 00 44 (0)29 2057 3185 Mobile: 07876 476695

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Kirton’s’ Living History Day

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8th May 2004 to 5p.m.

The small village of Kirton in Suffolk situated just outside Felixstowe is
staging a Living History Day. We believe this is the first of its kind to be held on the Felixstowe Peninsula and promises to be a very exciting day. It is to be held in and around Kirton Church, the churchyard and a glade beyond with lots of exciting happenings.

Re-creation groups ranging from Greek Warriors throughVikings, Romans etc, to the 20th century W.W.2.  Among the artisans will be a flint knapper, herbalists, dyeing from natural resources, a spinner and weaver, potter, woodcarver, stone mason, bee keeper, knotter/braider and corn dolly making etc.

There will be exhibitors and displays in the Church, a demonstration of Patchwork quilt making, a lacemaker and a calligrapher. Interests for children include hands on pottery and calligraphy watching local school children who will add atmosphere by being Victorian Children playing Victorian games and also portraying urchins. We have wandering minstrels playing on period instruments, a medieval mystery play and even a Jester. At the time of writing (early February) we are hoping for more groups and displays.

The Church Hall will have several exhibitors and we are pleased to be able to welcome the Finds Recording Officer, for the Portable Antiquities Scheme with Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. Who will explain their role, displaying a range of artefacts typical to the locality and be able to identify any items that people may have found.

The Conservation Team from Ipswich Museum will be demonstrating their expertise and running a clinic offering free advice on the care and repair of treasured items of any age or material including paper, leather, wood, metal pottery, china or textiles. The Felixstowe Family Society will be offering advice on how to track down your ancestors.

The Church hall is also the venue for all day refreshments to include morning coffee, a B.B.Q. ploughmans lunches and cream teas.  There will be ample car parking both on the village green with overflow parking on the recreation ground, from the latter we hope to have a conveyance to the Church and its environs.

Come to Kirton on the 8th May and wander back in time experiencing living and crafts of a bygone age.

Any enquiries to Sheila Cornford  01394 448600

APPAG Seminar: Fighting for our Future. Lobbying for museums and the heritage sector

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Fighting for our Future. Lobbying for museums and the heritage sector

Stevenson lecture theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum, 10 March, 2.30-5.30 pm

An open seminar for those working in museums and the related heritage sector which will address the issue of lobbying decision-makers and the wider public against cutbacks. The next Government Spending Review looks severe, while local authority budgets continue to target this area for cuts. The seminar will put forward practical and achievable ways of building support to prevent cuts. Protect your heritage, protect your job!


Chair: Roger Bland, Hon. Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group/British Museum

2.30 Welcome, Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

2.35 Lord Redesdale, Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group

2.50 Maev Kennedy, The Guardian

3.05 Brian Emsley, Media Relations, Royal Society of Chemistry

3.20 Break

Chair: Dai Morgan Evans, Hon. Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group

3.40 Chris Batt, Chief Executive, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

3.55 Helen Wilkinson, Policy Officer, Museums Association

4.10 Alan Leighton, Prospect

4.25 Tim Schadla-Hall, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

4.40 Discussion

5.30 Close

All welcome. If you wish to attend please register with

Domitianus: History's Forgotten Emperor

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The discovery of a new coin inscribed with the name DOMITIANVS looks set to force experts to rewrite history. It belongs to a hoard of more than 5000 Roman coins found by metal-detector user Brian Malin in Oxfordshire in April 2003.
Coin hoard
The coin hoard

Until this discovery was made some scholars doubted the historical significance of Domitianus who is named just twice in the historical sources. The Oxfordshire coin provides archaeological evidence suggesting that he successfully proclaimed himself emperor of a breakaway part of the Roman Empire during the reign of Aurelian (AD 270-5).

Domitian Coin

Obverse and reverse of the coin.

Richard Abdy (Curator of Roman coins at the British Museum) said that 'during the 270s AD the fabric of the Roman Empire had become strained. Breakaway empires, like the so-called 'Gallic Empire' that included Britain, were established and ruled by a succession of rebel emperors. Finding a coin produced in the name of Domitianus means that he should now be recognised as one such rebel emperor.'

The failure of Roman writers to identify him as a rebel emperor even led the only other coin of Domitianus - found in France in 1900 - to be dismissed as a modern fake. The new discovery was struck from the same dies that were used to produce this earlier find and has therefore put its authenticity beyond any doubt. 

Ian Leins (Finds Adviser, Iron Age and Roman coins, Portable Antiquities Scheme) said 'the portrait on the new coin very closely resembles that of the rebel emperors Victorinus and Tetricus. It is highly possible that other coins of Domitianus exist in the collections of museums and individuals but have escaped detection. It is important that people start to pay more attention to these often neglected finds and record them with their local Finds Liaison Officer.'

The coin is featured in several publications:
The Times (UK)
BBC News
Daily Telegraph
The Independent
The Guardian

The Domitianus coin will be on temporary display in the Buried Treasure exhibition at the British Museum until 14 March 2004. Finders wishing to report their discoveries can contact their local Finds Liaison Officer via the website at or by calling 020 7323 8611.

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