Free Finds Identification Day

Press Release: 04/07/2006

Have you found anything interesting when out walking, digging the garden or metal detecting: perhaps metal artefacts, pieces of pottery or coins? Would you like to discover what they are and find out more about them?

If so, Winchester City Council's Museums Service in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme is hosting a free Finds Identification Day during National Archaeology Week at the Historic Resources Centre, Hyde Street, Winchester on Saturday 15th July between 10am and 4pm.

Rob Webley, the Hampshire Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer, and colleagues from the Museums Service will be on hand to try to identify your mysterious finds and tell you more about them.

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

Rob Webley commented "Each year many thousands of archaeological objects, or 'portable antiquities', are found by members of the public and are adding to our knowledge of the past. Recent Finds Days have seen such objects brought in as 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!"

This event is free and no booking is required.

Contact: Winchester Museums Service on 01962 848 269,
Historic Resources Centre, 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, SO23 7DW
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Further information on the Portable Antiquities Scheme at