Finds Roadshow BM Press release

Published: 11 years ago Author:

Your find will be examined and analysed by experts from the British Museum and Portable Antiquities Scheme to see what it is made of and its estimated age. There will also be a chance to see displays of other archaeological finds discovered by members of the public and to learn more about the conservation, identification and recording of finds. Previous roadshow events have uncovered important objects such as a beautiful 7th century pendant from West Shropshire. This find was very significant as this type of high status Anglo-Saxon metalwork is rare, and in Shropshire is almost without precedent. It is only through the logging of such finds that a more complete picture of the archaeological record can be established.

The roadshow will also include special events for children with an opportunity to meet favourite historical characters who will talk about the times in which they lived. A Viking Battle will take place on the forecourt of the Museum and object handling and story telling sessions will allow visitors to get a deeper insight into British archaeology and history.

NEW FIND - The Stilton Cheese Press

As an example of what can be uncovered underground, an almost complete ceramic cheese press dating to the later Roman period has recently been found in the parish of Stilton in Cambridgeshire. The vessel possesses two ridges and two rows of small circular drainage holes. To use the cheese press, curds would be poured into the mould and whey forced to drain away by the application of pressure (probably in the form of a weight). The cheese would be removed and stored in a cool place before being salted and compressed again. The press is a good example of the importance of recording all finds, it may not be made of gold or silver but it gives us a glimpse of a very human past, one populated by ordinary men and women going about their daily lives.

Contact: Michael Lewis 0207 323 8611

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