Free "finds" identification day

Press Release: 03/05/2005

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting - perhaps metal artefacts, pieces of pottery or coins? Wondered what they are or how old they might be?

If so, Winchester City Council's Museums Service, in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, is hosting a free "finds identification day" during Museums Month at the Historic Resources Centre, 75 Hyde Street, Winchester on Saturday 21 May between 10am-4pm.

Jodi Puls, the Hampshire Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer and colleagues from the museums service will be on hand to look at your mysterious finds and try to identify them.

All the finds identified that qualify will be recorded onto the Portable Antiquities Scheme Database to help build up a picture of life in Hampshire in the past.

Jodi said "Each year many thousands of archaeological objects, or portable antiquities, are found by members of the public. At last year's finds day objects brought in by members of the public included Roman coins, fragments of medieval pottery, and even a prehistoric stone axe. I can't wait to see what interesting and unusual objects people will bring in this time!"

The event is free and no booking is required.
Contact: Winchester Museums Service on 01962 848269, email: museums@winchester.gov.uk website: http://www.winchester.gov.uk

Further information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme can be found at http://www.finds.org.uk