Chance Archaeology and Metal Detector Finds
If you have discovered an unusual object, Winchester Museums' experts can provide a free identification service. Bring the object to the City Museum, where the specialist staff will try to identify it, and where possible provide you with additional information. Alternatively e-mail an image to email@example.com. We will inform you when our research has been completed, and when you can collect your object. We do not give commercial valuations.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme
All finds identified that qualify will be recorded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database.
Each year many thousands of archaeological objects, or portable antiquities, are discovered by members of the public. Most are found by metal detector users, although many are also discovered by people engaged in daily activities such as gardening or walking. These objects include metal artefacts and non-metal items such as pottery.
Portable antiquities are an invaluable resource, and reveal important information about the past. The national Portable Antiquities Scheme provides a system for the voluntary recording of these objects to ensure that this valuable information is not lost .
Since its introduction in Hampshire much important archaeological material has been recorded, providing fascinating new insights into the region's past.
The aims of the Portable Antiquities Scheme:
- To provide a scheme for the recording of portable antiquities.
- To encourage all those who find archaeological objects to make them available for recording. To advance the knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales.
- To raise public awareness of the educational potential of archaeological finds in their context. To increase opportunities for public involvement in archaeology.
- To strengthen links between metal-detector users and archaeologists.
As of June 2011, more than 19,000 records have been created for Hampshire. This equates to over 36,000 finds through which you are rewriting the history of the county - keep them coming!
If you have any finds to add to the PAS database, or want further information, please contact the Museums office at 01962 848 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.